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FBI putting up billboards in search of “AK-47 Bandit” bank robber

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
January 17, 2013 12:45 pm

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The FBI is putting up nine digital billboards between Kent and Everett hoping somebody will recognize a bank robber dubbed the “AK-47 Bandit.”

A reward up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the robber, FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said.

The robber is wanted for four bank holdups in California, Washington and Idaho. He held up a North Bend bank July 6.

In each robbery, the man pulled out an AK-47 assault rifle with a drum magazine. He usually dresses in tactical gear over a dark-colored, short-sleeved collared shirt and blue pants. He wears a black full-face ski mask, a blue ballistic vest and a green mesh vest marked “Sheriff.”

After his first known bank robbery in Chino, CA, on Feb. 29, the suspect shot and seriously wounded a police officer.

In the North Bend takeover-style robbery, the suspect threatened to shoot tellers if they didn’t hurry and he carried the cash out of the bank by hand. He did not use a bag. Police believe a dirty reddish-orange Jeep Patriot or Liberty parked out front may have been his getaway vehicle.

The robber is described as white, 25 to 40 years old, about 5-feet 10 and 180 to 220 pounds with a stocky build.

Anyone with information may call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

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