FBI Renews Active Search for AK-47 Bandit

Video Courtesy FBI

SACRAMENTO (KRON) — The FBI is launching a new appeal for help in finding the so-called AK47 Bandit.

Authorities believe the same man, carrying an assault rifle, is responsible for a series of bank robberies in California in 2012 including heists of bank branches in Vacaville and Sacramento. He’s also supsected of robberies in Idaho, Chino, Washington State, and most recently Nebraska.

“He has shown he is not afraid to shoot someone, and experience tells us he is not going to stop robbing banks until we catch him,” FBI Special Agent Kevin Boles said in a written statement. “We feel like we are racing the clock on this guy. If we don’t get him soon, things could end badly and someone else might get hurt.”

Investigators say the AK-47 Bandit is 25-to-40 years old, about six feet tall, and has light colored eyes and a stocky build. During the robberies he waear a dark balaclava ski mask, body armor, and black gloves. The AK-47 assault rifle he carries comes with a drum magazine. In several cases he got away in a dark gray four-door Nissan Maxima with chrome accents.

Agents are also releasing a video compiled from surveillance footage of the various robberies in hopes someone recognizes his voice or mannerisms.

A $100,000 reward is available for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

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