FBI seeks 'Make It Quick Bandit' suspected in South Bay bank robberies


The suspect most recently robbed a US Bank branch in San Pedro on the afternoon of September 20. Police say it's the fourth time he robbed the same bank, and the 12th bank robbery the suspect has committed in the South Bay area.

All 12 robberies have been committed at US Bank branches inside grocery stores, according to police. The first occurred on January 4, 2009. Then five were committed in 2011 by the same suspect; three were committed in 2012, and three so far this year. The robberies were committed in San Pedro, Inglewood, Carson, Gardena and Torrance.

Police say the suspect usually loiters at the entrance to the store or wanders the aisles. He indicates to the bank teller that there are additional people waiting outside.

The Make It Quick Bandit is described as a Hispanic man about 25 to 35 years old with dark possibly thinning hair and a goatee. He stands about 5 feet 10 to 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 200-230 pounds. He has worn sunglasses during each of the robberies.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

An unspecified reward for information is offered in the case.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact FBI Special Agent Rosario Escajeda or Special Agent C. Nicole Black at (310) 477-6565.

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