A suspect believed to have robbed two banks this Tuesday in the cities of South El Monte and Temple City has been linked to a bank robbery in the city of Pasadena committed last week, according to investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; the Pasadena Police Department; and the FBI.
The unidentified male suspect was nicknamed the “Hypnotic Bandit” based on descriptions by victim tellers indicating that the suspect stared at them and continued to make eye contact during the robbery. The suspect also passed a note and, in at least one robbery, threatened a weapon. The robber was seen exiting the bank following the robberies and, in each case, took the note with him.
The suspect is further described as follows:
Race: White or Hispanic
Height: 6’2″ – 6’4″
Weight: 190-200 lbs.
Age: Approximately 30 years old
Facial Hair: Goatee, stubble growth
Tattoo Seen: Faded red heart with black outline on one hand (possibly older tattoo).
The Hypnotic Bandit has been linked to the following bank robberies:
5/27/14 Bank of the West 2500 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena
6/3/14 HSBC Bank 9601 Las Tunas Drive Temple City
6/3/14 Bank of the West 2041 Durfee Avenue South El Monte
Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division and its law enforcement partners can be found at: www.labankrobbers.org.