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FBI seeks help identifying 'Aggravated Bandit' in series of San Diego robberies

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Posted at 7:51 AM, Feb 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-16 10:51:41-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Authorities are seeking the public's help to identify a bank robbery suspect dubbed the "Aggravated Bandit."

FBI and Violent Crime Task Force authorities say the suspect has been responsible for three bank robberies dating back to 2017 in the county. In each case, the suspect is described as wearing a hooded sweatshirt and bandana and makes verbal demands for money.

He's described as a Hispanic man about 20-years-old, standing about 5-foot 7-inches, and weighing 140-170 pounds with skinny build. He's been called the "Aggravated Bandit" because witnesses described his demeanor as demanding and aggravated, FBI officials say.

The three robberies occurred:

Nov. 20, 2017, at 12:20 p.m. - Wells Fargo Bank, 7875 Highland Village Place, San Diego: The suspect entered the Wells Fargo Bank, approached the teller and yelled, "give me all of your cash right now!" The suspect demanded cash from a second teller in "hundreds." After asking if he had received "all the cash," the suspect fled the bank.

Nov. 28, 2017, at 3:17 p.m. - Chase Bank, 1100 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach: The suspect entered Chase Bank and verbally demanded money from three tellers. He moved between windows grabbing cash and demanding "hundreds." He departed the bank with cash in a plastic bag.

Jan. 31, 2019, at 3:04 p.m. - Chase Bank, 1100 Palm Avenue, Imperial Beach: The suspect entered Chase Bank and demanded cash from three tellers, much like the 2017 incident, repeatedly demanding "give me all the hundreds, now!" He fled from the bank with cash in a plastic bag.