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Authorities seek information on bank robber called the Trojan Horse Bandit

December 17, 2010 |  7:53 pm

Trojan horse bandit The FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have asked the public’s help in learning the identity of a bank robber believed to be responsible for five hold-ups in Los Angeles County since September.

The bandit -- described as a Latino male between the ages of 20 and 30, 5 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing between 120 and 160 pounds -- has been nicknamed the Trojan Horse Bandit because witnesses say he has worn various items of clothing featuring logos of the USC Trojans.

Although no weapon has been seen during the robberies, the suspect has threatened to shoot people in the banks.

The Trojan Horse Bandit has been linked to robberies of Bank of America branches in Bellflower and Downey, a Chase Bank in Bellflower and Union Bank branches in Bellflower.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or to contact the FBI in Los Angeles at (888) 226-8443.


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Photo: Surveillance photo of Trojan Horse Bandit. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department