FBI Seeks Public’s Help Identifying ‘Desperate Bandit’

CORONA – A man dubbed the ”Desperate Bandit” and suspected in seven bank hold-ups throughout Southern California — including one in Corona — remained at large today.

The FBI was hoping somebody might be able to identify the suspect, whose robbery spree began in early August.

In each case, the suspect has approached a teller and said he wanted to cash a company check, then made verbal and written demands for money, threatening the use of a gun, though one has not been shown, federal investigators said.

”The suspect is seen during the robberies carrying a dark merchant bag and has also used a disguise during some of the robberies, including a wig, moustache or eyeglasses,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

The Desperate Bandit robbed the Bank of America branch on Green River Road in Corona on Sept. 14.

He also is suspected of robbing U.S. Bank and Bank of the West branches in Anaheim, Chino, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia and Tustin.

The bandit is white, about 40-50 years old, 5-foot-9 to 6-feet tall, 200 pounds, with brown and gray hair and a chubby build, according to the FBI. His usual attire includes a baseball cap, cargo shorts and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the FBI or their local law enforcement agency.

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