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Suspect killed in SF may be 'Gen X Bandit'

The man suspected of robbing two banks in Irvine, dubbed by the FBI as the 'Gen X Bandit,' may have been shot to death by S.F. police.

June 8, 2011 12:31:21 AM PDT
The man suspected of robbing two banks in Irvine, dubbed by the FBI as the "Gen X Bandit," may have been shot to death by San Francisco police on Tuesday night.

The "Gen X Bandit" allegedly stole a BMW after last month's robberies. The FBI tracked the car to San Francisco, where local police moved in to make an arrest just before 6 p.m.

The officers opened fire after they say the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Joshua Camden Smith, refused to give up and tried to run them down. Smith was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The San Francisco Police Department has not confirmed that their suspect is the same as the suspect in the Irvine robberies.

The "Gen X Bandit" robbed a Chase bank branch on Quail Hill about 11 a.m. May 17 and about 20 minutes later a second robbery was reported at the Comerica Bank branch at 6540 Irvine Center Drive.

The suspect was named "Gen X Bandit" because he wore a plaid shirt and wool cap during two robberies.

City News Service contributed to this report.