• Photos show 'AK-47 Bandit,' wanted in 4 bank robberies


    SEATTLE - The FBI has released photos and videos of a bank robber known as the AK-47 Bandit, linked to four bank heists in three states, including one last summer in North Bend.

    The robber shot and wounded a police officer after the first robbery, in Chino, Calif., on Feb. 29, 2012, the FBI said.

    He is believed to be connected to a robbery in Sacramento, Calif., on March 9, 2012, and one in Vacaville, Calif., on March 12, 2012, the FBI said.

    The robber may have been driving a late-model, dark gray, four-door Nissan Maxima with chrome trim and tinted windows.

    The North Bend hold-up was a take-over robbery at a Chase Bank branch on Mount Si Boulevard on July 6, 2012. A dirty, reddish-orange Jeep Patriot or Liberty was the getaway vehicle, the FBI said.


    Video of the North Bend robbery:



    His most recent robbery was Nov. 7, 2012, at the East Idaho Credit Union in Rexburg, Idaho. He fled in a dark blue sedan with tinted windows and a red and blue license plate.

    In each robbery, he brandished an "AK-47-style assault rifle with a drum magazine," the FBI said in a news release.

    Surveillance video showed him dressed in tactical gear over a dark, short-sleeved collared shirt and blue pants. He wore a black, full-face ski mask, a blue ballistic vest or a green mesh vest marked "Sheriff."

    The King County Sheriff's Office asked anyone with information that can help identify the man to call 206-296-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive an additional cash reward of $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charges.

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