FBI seeks public's help identifying men in 2 separate bank robberies in Vista, Grantville

VISTA, Calif. - The FBI on Friday sought the public's help in identifying a short fat man who robbed a bank in Vista and, in a separate case, a man who held up a Grantville-area bank branch.

The Vista robbery occurred at the US Bank branch office at 1301 East Vista Way shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, according to FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

A roughly 5-foot-6, 200-pound Hispanic man in his mid-20s wearing black rim glasses and a gray baseball cap with a Batman logo on it and a gray scarf over his face, approached a teller and demanded cash, Foxworth said in a statement. The teller complied and the robber fled on foot in an unknown direction.

More than four hours later, another man robbed the Chase Bank branch office at 6116 Mission Gorge Road.

About 6:30 p.m., a man shouted "this is a holdup" several times and simulated having a gun while both Chase employees and customers were present, Foxworth said.

He received an undisclosed amount of money from two tellers and left the bank on foot, Foxworth said, noting no one was injured in either of Thursday's robberies.

The robber from the Chase holdup was described as Asian or Hispanic and in his late 20s, with dark hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red or maroon baseball cap with the letter "H" on the front, along with a dark jacket, dark pants and dark gloves with the fingertips cut off, Foxworth said.

Anyone with information about either robbery was asked to call the FBI at (858) 320-1800 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 540-8477.

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