Serial robber dubbed 'El Chaparrito' sought by San Diego authorities

SAN DIEGO - Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying a man who has carried out a spree of San Diego-area bank robberies since last fall.

The latest heist attributed to the serial robber -- dubbed "El Chaparrito," or "the short one," by investigators -- took place Wednesday in Clairemont Mesa, according to the FBI.

The man, who appears to be in his 20s or early 30s, is believed to have committed seven other holdups at banks in Chula Vista, National City and San Diego since Nov. 19. During the robberies, he concealed his face with fabric masks and demanded cash in both English and Spanish.

Anyone who might be able to help identify the suspect was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-540-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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