July 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM
FBI seeks public’s help in identifying ‘Elephant Man Bandit’
The FBI is seeking information about a serial bank robber nicknamed the “Elephant Man Bandit” who is linked to three July bank robberies in the Seattle area.
The man is nicknamed for the material he wears over his head, covering his head with a shirt or other material with two small eye holes. He implies to victims he has a gun and flees the scene in a car.
He is wanted in at least three bank robberies. The first occurred on July 5 at Whidbey Island Bank in Bothell and the second happened a week later at Banner Bank in Woodinville. Both robberies occurred around closing time. The most recent robbery was at Whidbey Island Bank in Shoreline shortly before 3:30 p.m. July 17.
The robber is described as a white male in his late 40s or early 50s, 5-foot-10 or 6-feet tall, with graying hair and scar texture on his face. Surveillance photos show him wearing black slacks, black dress shoes and a long-sleeved collared shirt in blue or white.
He is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force. Anyone with information about him is advised not to approach the suspect, but to immediately 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 for information that leads to an arrest and charge of the person involved.
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