FBI San Diego
Special Agent Davene Butler
(858) 320-1800
November 7, 2019

FBI Offers up to $5,000 Reward in Escondido “Takeover Style” Bank Robbery

SAN DIEGO—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the individuals responsible for a takeover style robbery in Escondido, California.

On May 23, 2019, at approximately 9:50 a.m., three males committed an armed takeover-style robbery at the San Diego County Credit Union located at 1875 S. Center City Parkway in Escondido, California.

After backing the getaway vehicle at the front doors of the credit union, three masked and hooded men entered the bank. Immediately upon entry, the robbers ordered the employees to the ground. While pointing the handgun at one of the employees, one of the robbers directed the employee towards the credit union’s vault. Once inside the vault, the men emptied one of the bank trash cans and used it to collect cash from the vault.

After collecting cash from inside the vault and keeping the employees on the ground, the men exited the bank together. They fled the scene in a 1980s Chevrolet Suburban that had been reported stolen earlier that week to a switch vehicle parked a few blocks away from the robbery location. All three males can be seen wearing hooded sweatshirts, dark pants, masks covering their faces, and gloves covering their hands.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

Bank robbery carries a possible prison term of up to 20 years. The use of a gun, other dangerous weapon, toy gun, or hoax bomb device during the commission of a bank robbery can be punishable by a prison term of up to 25 years.

Anyone with information regarding this robber, please contact:

  • San Diego FBI at 858-320-1800; https://tips.fbi.gov/
  • San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477;  www.sdcrimestoppers.org.