$100,000 Reward Offered for ‘AK-47 Bandit’

CHINO, Calif. (KTLA) –A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of the so-called “AK-47 Bandit.

The suspect has been linked to a series of holdups in Idaho, Washington state and locally in Chino last February 29.

In that incident, at a California Bank and Trust on Riverside Drive, he shot and wounded a police officer as he fled.

ak-47-banditThat officer drove himself to a hospital about a block away.

Before the robbery, a 911 call was made from a payphone near the bank, the FBI said. Investigators believe the call was used as a diversion tactic.

Authorities suspect the same man tried to rob a bank in Sacramento on March 9, and then robbed a bank in Vacaville three days later.

According to the FBI, he may have used a Nissan Maxima as a getaway car in the Chino and Northern California incidents.

The suspect was inactive for about four months, until a robber with an AK-47 hit a Chase bank in North Bend, Washington on July 6.

Another robbery occurred on November 7 at the East Idaho Credit Union in Rexburg, Idaho.

Surveillance footage shows him carrying an assault rifle and wearing a mask, gloves, a black coat with a hood and baggy jeans.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25-40 years old, with a stocky build. In some of the robberies, he wore a bullet-proof vest with the word “SHERIFF” across it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their nearest FBI office or call 911.

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