SACRAMENTO, CA - The FBI hopes upping the ante for information leading to the conviction ofan armed robber who shot and wounded a police officer and is suspected of committingthree bank robberies, one of them in Vacaville, will create new leads to the man's identity.
Thursday, the reward for information on the so-called"AK-47 Bandit" was increased to $100,000, said FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie.
The man robbed a bank in Chino in Southern California Feb. 29, 2012, and shot and wounded a patrolling police officer who arrived as the man was fleeing the bank, Swankie said.
Two weeks later,investigators believe the same man robbed a Bank of the West on the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive in Vacaville. That was March 12, 2012. They also think he is connected to an attempted robbery at Tri Counties Bank on the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento three days earlier.
In July, 2012 and November, 2012, armed robberies at two Washington banks are also believed to have been committed by the same man, Swankie said.
The robber was described as white, 25 to 40 years old with a stocky build. In the Chino and Washington crimes, the robber had an assault rifle, similar to an AK-47. In the Chino robbery the rifle had a drum magazine.
The FBI investigation found the robber left the Chino, Vacaville and Sacramento crimes in a dark gray Nissan Maxima sedan with tinted windows.
The robber is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows who he is and/or has information on his whereabouts was urged to contact the FBI at the toll-free numberfor this case 1 (855) 9 and/or or send an email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.