February 24, 2012 (El Cajon)-- The Pacific Western Bank at 368 Broadway was robbed on February 21at 12:49 p.m. The FBI and local law enforcement believe he is the “Insistent Bandit” believed responsible for five bank robberies dating back to January 17, 2012. Public help is sought to identity the suspect.
The robber approached a teller and stated, “This is a robbery.” He then lifted his shirt and showed the teller a handgun tucked under his waistband. The teller placed an unspecified amount of cash inside of the plastic grocery bag that he handed to her.
The suspect left the scene riding a red mountain bike, heading northbound on Ballantyne. The suspect is described as a white male, 30-40 years old, 6’2”, 200 pounds with a stocky build. He was reported as wearing a white, long-sleeved t-shirt with the words, “Bite Me” on the front, faded blue jeans and a black baseball cap.
El Cajon officers, along with deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and their ASTREA helicopter, were unable to locate the suspect after an extensive search. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the suspect should please contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.
The “Insistent Bandit” is believed to be responsible for the following robberies:
- Tuesday, January 17, 2012 – Pacific Western Bank, 9955 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
- Monday, January 23, 2012 – Pacific Western Bank, 9955 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
- Monday, February 6, 2012 – Home Bank of California, 875 Garnet Avenue, San Diego
- Friday, February 10, 2012 – US Bank, 9643 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
- Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – Pacific Western Bank, 368 Broadway, El Cajon