September 9, 2014

FBI and San Diego Police Department Seek Public’s Assistance to Identify the Hills Bandit Bank Robber

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the Hills Bandit attempted to rob a Union Bank branch located at 7807 Girard Avenue in San Diego, California. This attempted robbery was the eighth robbery linked to the Hills Bandit since May 2014. Later that afternoon, he robbed his ninth bank, a Wells Fargo branch located in Laguna Niguel, California.

During September 8’s bank robbery and attempted robbery, the Hills Bandit passed a note demanding cash and threatened with a weapon; no weapon was displayed. No one was injured during either of the robberies.

The Hills Bandit is described as a white male between the ages of 40 and 50 years. In each of the nine robberies, he wore a baseball cap and glasses. In both robberies on September 8, he wore a red Anaheim Angels baseball cap.

The FBI is working jointly with multiple law enforcement partners in both the San Diego and Los Angeles regions to investigate this serial robber. In San Diego, the FBI is working with the Carlsbad Police Department and the San Diego Police Department. FBI Los Angeles is working with the Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Team (BRAT) on their investigations.

The following is a complete list of banks where the Hills Bandit has committed robberies or attempted robberies in San Diego and Orange Counties.

September 8, 2014 U.S. Bank Laguna Niguel
September 8, 2014 Union Bank La Jolla (attempt)
August 25, 2014 Cal Bank & Trust San Diego
August 22, 2014 Wells Fargo Laguna Niguel
August 8, 2014 U.S. Bank Laguna Hills
August 5, 2014 U.S. Bank Carlsbad
July 25, 2014 Citibank Lake Forest
July 16, 2014 Citibank Laguna Hills
May 6, 2014 Wells Fargo Laguna Hills

Bank surveillance photographs from the Union Bank, located at 7807 Girard Avenue, San Diego, California on Monday, September 8, 2014:

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Anyone with information concerning this robbery is asked to contact FBI San Diego at telephone number (858) 320-1800, FBI Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.