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AK-47 Bandit Wanted for February Police Shooting and Bank Robbery in Chino Linked to Idaho Robbery
$50,000 Reward Offered

FBI Los Angeles November 09, 2012
  • Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller (310) 996-3343

An unidentified bank robber who shot a Chino police officer following a bank robbery in February 2012 and is believed to be responsible for bank robberies using an assault rifle in the Seattle and Sacramento areas this summer has now been linked to a bank robbery that occurred on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, in Rexburg, Idaho.

The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of the subject known as the AK-47 Bandit. The robbery and shooting in Chino, California, occurred on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the California Bank & Trust on 5455 Riverside Drive in Chino, California. The suspect was described as a white male, 25-40 years old, with a stocky build. The suspect was armed with an assault rifle, similar to an AK-47, with a sling and drum magazine. Following the robbery, a police officer patrolling the area came upon the bank robbery suspect who was fleeing the bank. The suspect fired upon the officer and seriously wounded him. During and following the robbery, the suspect wore body armor over a dark-colored, collared, short-sleeved shirt; blue pants; and a ski mask covering his face.

Prior to the bank robbery, a threat was called into the 911 dispatch center from a payphone in the general vicinity of the bank by a male caller. Investigators believe the suspect employed a diversionary tactic in an attempt to delay officers responding to the Chino bank robbery.

Please see the updated FBI wanted poster below for more information and photos.

Anyone with information about this incident or as to the identity or whereabouts of this suspect is urged to contact the their nearest FBI office or dial 911. This suspect is considered heavily armed and dangerous and individuals who may come into contact with him are advised to contact law enforcement immediately and refrain from taking independent action to apprehend the suspect.

- FBI wanted poster for AK-47 Bandit