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July 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

FBI, King County detectives seek ‘AK-47 Bandit’ wanted in California police shooting


The FBI and King County Sheriff’s Office believe a man who held up a bank in North Bend on July 6 is the so-called “AK-47 Bandit,” suspected in several other holdups, including one in February in which a Chino, Calif., police officer was shot and seriously wounded.

In each robbery, the suspect brandishes an AK-47–style assault rifle fitted with with a large-capacity drum magazine, according to the FBI.  The suspect is seen in some bank surveillance video and photographs dressed in tactical gear over a dark-colored, short-sleeve collared shirt and blue pants.

He also wears a black full-face ski mask, a blue ballistic vest and, in some cases, a green mesh vest marked “Sheriff.”

The video above, of the North Bend robbery, shows a man in a black mask, black gloves and a short-sleeve shirt, entering the bank through the front doors and threatening employees with the weapon.

He is also suspected of being involved in robberies in Vacaville, Calif.,  and Sacramento,  according to an FBI poster.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.   Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the AK-47 Bandit should refrain from approaching the suspect and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

 

 

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