Detectives with the King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle Police Department and an FBI task force are asking for the public's help in identifying an "armed and dangerous" suspect in five armed takeover-style bank robberies that have happened in King County since January.
Authorities on Monday released video and photos of the suspects, nicknamed the "Big Top Bandits," taken during the robberies. Authorities say the first four robberies were committed by one suspect, while the fifth involved two.
Police say the main suspect appears to not be afraid to "control both customers and employees" and displays "escalating" violence. He fired a gun in one bank robbery and struck a teller with his fist in another.
The main suspect is described as a black male, 5'07", medium build, wears a mask but often forgets to pull it over his face. The robberies occurred at the following locations and dates:
Jan. 16 - Newcastle branch of Key Bank
Feb. 28 - Rainier Ave branch of Key Bank in Seattle
May 22 - Rainer Ave branch of Washington Federal Bank in Seattle
June 8 - Burien branch of Sterling Savings Bank
July 1 - Newcastle branch of Bank of America
Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or the King County Sheriff's Office, the Seattle Police Department of the FBI. Crime Stoppers in also offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and charges in the case. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (3311)