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Valley Bandit Linked to Eight Robberies Over Past Year in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley

FBI Los Angeles December 06, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller (310) 996-3343

The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in learning the identity of a serial bank robber known as the Valley Bandit, an unidentified male suspect believed to be responsible for eight bank robberies in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County since December 2012.

During the robberies linked to the Valley Bandit, the suspect enters the bank and states that he needs to make a withdrawal prior to brandishing a weapon and verbally demanding cash in various denominations. The Valley Bandit wears a dark-colored baseball cap and dark clothing during his robberies, and victim witnesses typically describe his weapon as a revolver. In some cases, the suspect has aimed the weapon at employees or customers and has threatened to kill victims if the teller does not comply with his demands.

The Valley Bandit has been linked to multiple vehicles, including a white Mercedes Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a black Mercedes Benz sedan and may be working with a getaway driver, according to investigators.

The Valley Bandit is described as an Hispanic or Middle Eastern male with dark, unshaven facial hair. The suspect is further described as between 5’9” to 6’0” in height; between 180-200 pounds; and between 25-35 years of age.

Los Angeles Valley Bandit Collage (12/6/13)

The Valley Bandit has been linked to the following bank robberies:

Date Bank Location
December 18, 2012 Bank of America Northridge
June 14, 2013 Chase North Hills
June 28, 2013 Bank of America Winnetka
July 15, 2013 Chase Granada Hills
July 24, 2013 Chase Northridge
August 26, 2013 Wells Fargo Reseda
September 28, 2013 Chase Sherman Oaks
November 6, 2013 Chase Van Nuys
December 4, 2013 Wells Fargo West Hills

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI, the LAPD, or dial 911. Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org.