'AK-47 Bandit' who shot Chino officer tied to three bank robberies
A ski-masked gunman who wounded a Chino police officer in February after a bank robbery has been tied to two other bank robberies, the FBI said Wednesday.
In the Feb. 29 robbery a the California Bank & Trust in Chino, the gunman made a 911 call from a nearby pay phone saying he had bomb and would detonate it. But the call was a diversionary tactic, authorities said.
The gunman, called the "AK-47 Bandit" by law enforcement, is believed to have robbed a Bank of the West on March 12 in Vacaville. He is also suspected of robbing a Chase Bank in the Seattle area on July 6, the FBI said.
The gunman wears ski masks and bulletproof vests and is armed with an AK-47, with a sling and drum magazine, authorities said.
In the Chino robbery, the man was captured on video wearing the ski mask and body armor over a dark, collared short-sleeved shirt and blue pants. He is described as a white male, 35 to 40 years old, 6-feet-2 and about 200 pounds, with blue eyes.
The FBI is offering a reward up to $20,000 for information leading to the man's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call (888) 228-8443.
— Robert J. Lopez
Photos: Surveillance footage of the bank robber in Chino. Credit: Chino Police Department and FBI