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FBI offer $100,000 reward for ‘AK-47 Bandit’

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LOS ANGELES – A reward up to $100,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a man known as the “AK-47 Bandit.”

Authorities say the suspect shot a Chino police officer after robbing a bank in 2012 and has since been linked to four bank robberies and one attempt in multiple states.

Last month, the “AK-47 Bandit” was linked to a bank robbery on Aug. 22 at a bank in Nebraska.

The FBI says the suspect has been connected to robberies in California, Washington, Idaho and Nebraska.

Since he has traveled through multiple states, FBI agents say he may continue to travel to commit crimes in other parts of the country.

Investigators know the suspect is proficient with an assault rifle and will not hesitate to shoot someone to avoid capture.

He is described as a white man, standing 5’9″ tall to 6’0″ tall, weighing 180 to 230 pounds.

He is approximately 35 to 40-years-old with blue eyes and a large build.

In some of the robberies, he wore a black balaclava-style ski mask, black gloves and navy blue body armor.

He also wore a green mesh vest with the word “Sheriff” on the back.

In other robberies, he also had a star badge pinned to the front of his clothing.

He has been seen driving a 2009 to 2011 gray four-door Nissan Maxima with tinted windows and stock chrome rims.

He also has driven a reddish-orange Jeep Liberty or Patriot with a tire mounted on the back.

Authorities want people to ask themselves the following questions, which could provide clues to the suspect’s identity.

  • Do you know someone with access to an AK-47 with a drum magazine?
  • Do you know someone who has access to body armor that has “Sheriff” written on the back, or who takes an interest in law enforcement gear?
  • Do you know of anyone who has traveled extensively between February and November of 2012, especially in areas like California, Washington and Idaho? Or more recently, in Nebraska?
  • Do you know someone who may have ties to one or more of these areas?

The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for his capture and conviction.