FBI San Diego
Special Agent Davene Butler
(858) 320-1800
September 16, 2014

Law Enforcement Releases Sketch of the El Chapparito Bandit

Since November 2013, banks in the San Diego region have been victimized by a serial bank robber known as the El Chapparito Bandit. The El Chapparito Bandit is believed to be responsible for robbing 15 banks starting in November 2013, with the latest robbery occurring on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Earlier this month, a San Diego Police Department sketch artist using bank surveillance photographs from a recent robbery and witness statements developed a sketch of the El Chapparito Bandit. The El Chapparito Bandit is believed to be responsible for the following bank robberies:

Date Bank Address
November 19, 2013 Chase bank 1103 East Plaza Blvd., National City, California
December 13, 2013 California Coast Credit Union 1060 University Avenue, San Diego, California
December 19, 2013 Chase Bank 6116 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, California
January 3, 2014 Chase Bank 4500 Bonita Road, Bonita, California
January 10, 2014 Chase Bank 4111 Governor Drive, San Diego, California
January 15, 2014 Chase Bank 5303 Ruffin Road, San Diego, California
January 23, 2014 Wells Fargo Bank 1220 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, California
January 29, 2014 Bank of America 5821 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California
February 3, 2014 Chase Bank 365 West Washington, San Diego, California
July 31, 2014 Wells Fargo Bank 970 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, California
August 13, 2014 California Coast Credit Union 8220 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, California
August 21, 2014 Wells Fargo Bank 3445 Del Mar Heights, San Diego, California
August 30, 2014 US Bank 9400 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, California
August 30, 2014 North Island Credit Union 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, California
September 13, 2014 Wells Fargo Bank 10707 Camino Ruiz, San Diego, California

Witnesses describe the robber as follows:

  • Sex: Male
  • Race: Asian or Hispanic
  • Age: Mid-20s
  • Height: Approximately 5’3” to 5’7” tall
  • Hair: Dark
  • Build: Skinny
  • Clothing: Blue baseball cap, blue bandana-style mask, sunglasses, yellow gloves, blue jeans, and dark shoes.

Anyone with information concerning the El Chapparito Bandit is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 320-1800 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You may remain anonymous by calling the FBI or Crime Stoppers. The $20,000 reward is separate from any reward offered by San Diego Crime Stoppers. The reward amount is up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction.

- Related FBI press release (includes surveillance photos)