'Bladed Bandit' suspect sought in SoCal bank robberies

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Authorities are looking for an armed robber nicknamed "The Bladed Bandit" who has hit four banks in Los Angeles and Orange counties this month.

Officials say the suspect brandishes either a knife or gun and then aggressively demands cash. He threatens to hurt victims if they don't comply.

The suspect robbed three banks and attempted to rob a fourth in SoCal:

--Chase Bank, 801 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, Jan. 2

-- Wells Fargo, 18712 Gridley Road, Cerritos, Jan. 16

--U.S. Bank, 17150 Magnolia Ave., Fountain Valley, Jan. 18

-- Attempted robbery: Farmers and Merchants, 3140 East Anaheim, Long Beach, Jan. 16

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a slender build, light hair and light eyes. He is also believed to have an accomplice, described only as a white male in his 20s.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 310-477-6565.

Information about other Los Angeles area bank robbers is available here.
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