FBI San Diego
Special Agent Davene Butler
(858) 320-1800
January 13, 2017

FBI and San Diego Police Department Seek Assistance to Identify the Bag Trick Bandit

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the individual responsible for four bank robberies in the San Diego area.

This serial robber started before Christmas last year when attempting to rob a Bank of America on December 21, 2016. That same day, the unidentified male then robbed a U.S. Bank branch. In the second and third robberies, the robber gestured with his hand, which was concealed inside a bag, as if he had a weapon; hence, this individual was dubbed the Bag Trick Bandit.

The most recent robbery occurred on January 8, 2017 when the unidentified male actually displayed a semi-automatic handgun during the robbery. In all instances, the robber wore a hooded sweatshirt with either the hood pulled up or wore a hat and sunglasses to cover his face.


  • January 8, 2017: U.S. Bank branch at 3645 Midway Drive in San Diego, California
  • January 5, 2017: Wells Fargo branch at 4725 Clairemont Drive in San Diego, California (attempted robbery)
  • December 21, 2016: U.S. Bank branch at 4195 Genesee Avenue in San Diego, California
  • December 21, 2016: Bank of America branch at 2341 Ulric Street in San Diego, California (attempted robbery)

Witnesses have described the robber as follows:

  • Sex: Male
  • Race: White
  • Age: Approximately 30 years old
  • Height: 6'0" tall
  • Build: Thin
  • Hair: Dirty blonde
  • Clothing: Hoodie sweatshirt, hat, and sunglasses