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Authorities search for ‘Elephant Man Bandit’ linked to Woodinville bank robbery

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, News Writer

Banner Bank robberyAuthorities are searching for a serial bank robber known as the “Elephant Man Bandit” who allegedly robbed Banner Bank in Woodinville and is considered armed and dangerous, according to Ayn Dietrich,  a public affairs specialist with the FBI.

The man, who implied to victims that he had a gun, allegedly robbed Woodinville’s Banner Bank on July 12 near closing time before fleeing the scene in a car.

The subject is a white male in his late 40s to early 50s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, possibly with graying hair and scar texture on his face.

He covers his face with a shirt or fabric with two small eye holes. The unidentified and possibly armed robber is linked to two other robberies, Dietrich wrote in a press release.

One was at Whidbey Island Bank in Bothell on July 5, near closing time. The other was at Whidbey Island Bank in Shoreline on July 17, around 3:30 p.m.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force, which includes members of the FBI, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seattle Police Department, are investigating the crimes.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the subject to call the FBI at (206) 622-0460 or call Crime Stoppers, through which callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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