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FBI releases photos of 'Ex-President Bandit'

The FBI and Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help to catch the so-called 'Ex-President Bandit.'

February 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The FBI and Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help to catch the so-called "Ex-President Bandit," who is believed to be responsible for four robberies in Encino.The suspect is described as black, about 40, with a medium build.

He's been dubbed the "Ex-President Bandit" because he wore a Richard Nixon mask during two of the robberies, at a U.S. Bank branch on Nov. 25, and a Santa Barbara Bank & Trust branch on Dec. 2.

During both of the robberies, he was armed with a handgun. While brandishing the gun to give orders to victims in the bank, witnesses described the bandit as having a calm demeanor.

He also robbed a U.S. Bank branch on Jan. 19, and a bank of the West branch on Jan. 22.

In the latest crime, he had white powder on his face, and wore a green jumpsuit, gray cloth gloves and a baseball cap, along with a white bandana tied around his head. He was also armed with a handgun.

The suspect entered the bank with three white banker's boxes and said he had a delivery. He then advised employees that he was robbing the bank and ordered them to give him cash. He allegedly threatened to shoot an employee before exiting the bank.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the "Ex-President Bandit." Anyone with information about the suspect or the robberies is asked to call the FBI at 1-888 CANT HIDE (1-888 226-8443) or the LAPD.


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