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February 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Suspected ‘Cyborg’ bank robber arrested

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Bank surveillance photo of the so-called ‘Cyborg Bandit.’ (FBI photo)

The FBI and local law enforcement agencies today announced the arrest of a 44-year-old Everett man suspected to be a serial bank robber.

The man is believed to be responsible for 30 bank robberies in King and Snohomish counties, according to the FBI. The robber’s disguises while carrying out the stickups have earned him two nicknames: “Cyborg Bandit” and “Elephant Man Bandit.”

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement identified a van they believed was associated with the bank robber, the FBI said in a news release.

Around 2 p.m. yesterday, the van was spotted near the Key Bank branch on 25th Avenue Northeast in Seattle’s University District neighborhood, the FBI said. A man inside the van appeared to watch the bank for two hours before he was observed putting on a mask and entering the bank.

Key Bank reported a robbery by a masked man around 4:30 p.m., according to the FBI. Detectives were waiting for the man when he left the bank.

Detectives also served a search warrant at his North Everett home and recovered evidence that supports proceeding with the investigation, the FBI said.

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The get-up that earned the bank robber the nickname ‘Elephant Man Bandit.’ (FBI photo)

During some bank robberies, the robber covered his face with a metallic-like textured fabric, earning him the nickname “Cyborg Bandit.” Investigators also nicknamed him the “Elephant Man Robber” because at times he covered his head with a shirt or other material with two small eye holes and resembled the character from the 1980 David Lynch movie “The Elephant Man.”

The FBI frequently gives bank robbers nicknames to keep them in the public eye.In addition to banks in Seattle, the suspect is believed to be responsible for robberies in Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Woodinville, Everett, Mukilteo, Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Marysville and Shoreline.

The arrest was announced during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Seattle. The investigation was led by the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which includes members of the FBI, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle, Auburn and Bellevue police departments.

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