August 27, 2014

The Hills Bandit Bank Robber Continues to Target Banks in the San Diego and Los Angeles Areas

The FBI and the San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the Hills Bandit bank robber. Since May 2014, the lone white male has robbed banks in the Los Angeles, California area and has traveled as far south as the La Jolla area of San Diego, California. The suspect’s most recent robberies took place on Friday, August 22, 2014, in Laguna Niguel, California and Monday, August 25, 2014, in San Diego, California.

On Monday, August 25, 2014, at approximately 12:20 p.m. the Hills Bandit robbed the California Bank and Trust, located at 4320 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 100, San Diego California. The suspect walked up to the teller and displayed a note which stated this was a robbery and demanded twenties, fifties and hundreds. He also made threats he had a gun and would start shooting people. No gun was seen. No injuries were reported during this robbery.

On Friday, August 22, 2014, at approximately 12:20 p.m., the Hills Bandit robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 30160 Town Center Drive in Laguna Niguel, California. During this robbery, he used a handwritten note and demanded 100s, 50s, and 20s. He threatened he had a gun and would shoot everyone. No gun was displayed. No injuries were reported during this robbery.

The Hills Bandit is a white male between 40 to 50 years of age. He is approximately 5’6” to 6’0” tall and weighs approximately 180 to 190 pounds. The suspect wears glasses and a baseball hat. In previous robberies, he wore a Raiders, Chargers, or Titleist baseball hat. During both the August 22, 2014 robbery in Laguna Niguel and the August 25, 2014 robbery in San Diego, he wore a red Anaheim Angels baseball hat. He has also been observed carrying a blue bank deposit bag during each of the robberies. A silver vehicle was seen at two of the robberies.

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Bank surveillance photographs from the California Bank and Trust, 4320 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, California, robbery on Monday, August 25, 2014:

Bank surveillance photographs from the Wells Fargo, 30160 Town Center Drive, Laguna Niguel, California, robbery on Friday, August 22, 2014:

Anyone with information on the Hills Bandit is asked to contact FBI San Diego at telephone number (858) 320-1800 or FBI Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565. Anonymous tips can be provided to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. This robber should be considered armed and dangerous.