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Task Force Seeks Elephant Man Bandit, Wanted for Three Bank Robberies

FBI Seattle July 19, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Ayn Dietrich-Williams (206) 622-0460

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a serial bank robber nicknamed the Elephant Man Bandit for the material he wears over his head, with two eye holes.

The unidentified, possibly armed bank robber is now linked to three bank robberies, the most recent of which occurred in Shoreline on July 17.

The subject is a white male, late-40s to early-50s in age, 5’10” to 6’0” tall, possibly with graying hair and scar texture on his face. The below surveillance photos show the subject wearing black slacks, black dress shoes, and a long-sleeved collared shirt in blue or white, while covering his head with a shirt or other material bearing two small eye holes. The subject implies to victims that he has a gun. He flees the scene in a car.

The subject is wanted for his alleged involvement in at least three bank robberies:

  • July 5, 2013 (Friday)—Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, Washington: near closing time
  • July 12, 2013 (Friday)—Banner Bank, Woodinville, Washington: near closing time
  • July 17, 2013 (Wednesday)—Whidbey Island Bank, Shoreline, Washington: a little before 3:30 p.m.

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.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call the FBI at 206-622-0460 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force includes members from the FBI, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle Police Department.