Bank robber with AK-47 sought by FBI and police

5:59 PM, Mar 14, 2012   |    comments
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  • Vacaville bank surveillance photo of robber with AK-47, March 12, 2012
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VACAVILLE, CA - An assault rifle-toting robber who hit a Vacaville bank Monday and is suspected of trying to get into a Sacramento bank to rob it is being sought by the FBI.

FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said the bandit may also have committed a Feb. 29 Chino bank robbery in which he shot and seriously wounded a police officer.

The Vacaville bank targeted Monday was Bank of the West located on the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive. Swankie said the robber entered the bank at 4:50 p.m. wearing tactical gear over a short-sleeved collared shirt and blue pants. He wore a full-face ski mask and blue ballistic vest and/or a green mesh vest marked "Sheriff." He was armed with a AK-47 assault rifle with a drum magazine. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was hurt.

Swankie said investigators believe the same man tried to enter a a locked, "employees-only" back door of Tri Counties Bank on the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento last Friday at 9:45 a.m. Bank employees wouldn't open the door and the man left.

Witnesses described the man as white, approximately 5 feet 10 inches and 128 to 220 pounds with a stocky build. They estimated his age at 25 to 40 based on his voice.

In the three incidents, the man left in a dark gray, full-size sedan believed to be a Nissan Maxima with chrome trim and tinted windows, witnesses reported.

The robber should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who comes in contact with him should call 911 immediately and let authorities apprehend him, Swankie said.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for the above crimes. Individuals who may have information regarding this suspect are asked to contact their local FBI office or law enforcement agency. Information can be provided anonymously.


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