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Nixon-masked robber holds up 2 L.A. banks

December 4, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The FBI says it's looking for a man who robbed a pair of Los Angeles banks wearing a rubber mask of former president Richard Nixon.FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Friday that the man police have dubbed the "Ex-President Bandit" is responsible for the armed robbery of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust on Wednesday and a U.S. Bank branch on Nov. 25. Both banks are in the Encino area of the San Fernando Valley.

Eimiller says the man liberally brandished the gun and showed violent tendencies in both banks but his demeanor remained calm.

The 1991 film "Point Break" featured a group of bank robbers in similar masks led by the late Patrick Swayze and dubbed "The Ex-Presidents."