FBI Seattle
Public Affairs Specialist Ayn Dietrich-Williams
(206) 622-0460
October 1, 2014

Reward of Up to $100,000 Offered in Search for the AK-47 Bandit Responsible for Robberies in Four States

The FBI and other entities are collectively offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for a North Bend bank robbery in 2012, who has also been linked to four other bank robberies and one attempt in multiple states, using an assault rifle. He shot and wounded a police officer in Chino, California, during one of those bank robberies. Investigators working jointly across the FBI and with partner law enforcement agencies have nicknamed this bank robber the “AK-47 Bandit.”

The subject is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspected robber should refrain from approaching him and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

Please see the news release from the FBI’s Los Angeles Division for more information about the AK-47 Bandit.

The robber is believed to have recently struck again on August 22, 2014, at a First Nebraska Bank in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The North Bend bank robbery in 2012 occurred on July 6 at the Chase Bank on Mt. Si Boulevard. The suspect was armed with an AK-47-style rifle with attached drum magazine. He had a loud, deep voice with no obvious accent and threatened to shoot the tellers if they did not hurry. The suspect carried the cash by hand as he did not bring a bag. A dirty, reddish-orange Jeep Patriot or Liberty was parked out front of the bank as a getaway vehicle. It may have had out-of-state license plates with a prominent blue stripe across the top.

Please see this FBI.gov story for additional resources that may help the public recognize and identify the AK-47 Bandit, such as audio from the 911 call believed to have been placed as a ruse by the subject, a Wanted poster, and a map of robberies attributed to the bandit.