Bank Robber in Manhattan Beach Could be Hypnotist Bandit: FBI

A man sought in a bank robbery in Manhattan Beach on Friday could be the "Hypnotist Bandit" wanted in 3 others robberies. (Credit: FBI)

A man sought in a bank robbery in Manhattan Beach on Friday could be the "Hypnotist Bandit" wanted in 3 others robberies. (Credit: FBI)

The FBI was investigating a robbery at a Bank of America branch in Manhattan Beach on Friday that could be linked to a series of other unsolved heists.

Friday’s robbery occurred just after 4:30 p.m. at the bank at 1200 Highland Ave, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

The robber passed a note to a teller demanding large bills, Eimiller said.

The note advised “this is a robbery” and to make it “quick and easy,” she said.

Investigators were reviewing this case to determine whether it may be connected to a series of robberies by a man known as the “Hypnotist Bandit.”

The Hypnotist Bandit was suspected in two bank robberies on June 3 in the cities of South El Monte and Temple City as well as a third robbery in Pasadena on May 27, according to a news release from the FBI.

The man got his nickname based on descriptions by tellers indicating that he “stared at them and continued to make eye contact during the robbery,” the release stated.

The man also passed a note and, in at least one robbery, threatened a weapon. The robber was seen exiting the bank following the robberies and, in each case, took the note with him, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect was urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911.

Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division and its law enforcement partners can be found at: www.labankrobbers.org.

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