CHINO – A single masked bandit is a subject to seven 2012 to 2015 armed robberies in five different states. The suspect is dubbed the AK-47 Bandit because of his choice of weapon and has been seen in a tactical vest during the robberies, one time a Sheriff’s vest. Over four years ago, on February 29, 2012, the AK-47 Bandit robbed the California Bank and Trust located at 5455 Riverside Drive in the City of Chino.
The Chino robbery at this time is the first known robbery connected with this suspect. When police responded, he shot a Chino Police Officer, causing injury. “The AK-47 Bandit is dangerous and violent,” states Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock. “This case remains a priority for our department and we will relentlessly pursue every lead until he is brought to justice.” The Chino Police and the FBI are providing surveillance footage in hopes to generate more leads; possibly leading to the arrest of this dangerous criminal.
Since the Chino robbery, the AK-47 Bandit has committed five additional robberies and one attempted robbery. The robberies and attempted robbery occurred in California, Washington, Idaho, Nebraska, and Iowa, with the most recent on July 28, 2015, in Mason City, Iowa. A $125,000 reward is now offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the AK-47 Bandit.
The AK-47 Bandit is described as a white man, 30-35 years old, 5’10” tall, 190-220 pounds and his eyes are described as “piercing” blue eyes. He was seen driving a 2009-2011 4-door Nissan Maxima with the chrome package, tinted windows, and possibly Arizona plates. In subsequent robberies, he was also seen driving a 2007-2009 dark-colored Toyota Camry.
Anyone with information should immediately contact Chino PD and can remain anonymous. To report any information, please call (909) 628-1234, (855) 9-BANDIT or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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