FBI bumps reward for 'Mesh Mask Bandit' bank robber to $20,000

FBI bumps reward for 'Mesh Mask Bandit' bank robber to $20,000

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by BAILEY MCGOWAN

WFAA

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 4:29 PM

 

The FBI is offering $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Mesh Mask Bandit, a man suspected of robbing 17 Dallas-area banks since Dec. 31 of last year. 

The most recent occurred on April 29, 2013 in Arlington, said Katherine Chaumont, a spokeswoman for the FBI.  

During the April 29 robbery, the suspect entered the Capitol One bank at 200 North Mesquite with a medium to large handgun drawn. The suspect then verbally demanded cash and drove away in a dark blue Dodge Caravan.  

The suspect earned his nickname because of the full-faced mesh mask he wears. One witness saw the suspect before he pulled on his mask and described him as a Hispanic man with a dark complexion, 37 to 43 years old, 5'7" to 6'2" tall with a medium to large build. 

He has dark hair and dark eyes and may have a mustache and goatee. The composite drawing and the getaway vehicle are on nearly 100 digital billboards throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.  

The robber may have chemical burns from the most recent robbery and his clothing, van and skin may be dyed red. He may also have chemical burns from a Jan 31, 2013 robbery. 

The robberies occurred in Dallas, Carrolton, Grand Prairie, Addison,Garland, Lewisville and Farmers Branch at a variety of banks including: Citibank, BBVA, Wells Fargo, Capital One, Texans Credit Union, ViewPoint, Grand Prairie State Bank and Bank of the West. 

On behalf of Capital One Bank, the North Texas Crime Commission, the Texas Bankers Association, ViewPoint Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank, a reward of up to $20,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of this robber. Anyone with information is urged to call the Dallas office of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or the North Texas Crime Stoppers tipline at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477).

 

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