FBI Seeks “Whispering Bandit” in San Diego

The soft-spoken suspect is accused of robbing a Union Bank at 1201 Fifth Ave. on Aug. 13, 2015

The FBI and police are searching for a man who made demands very, very quietly as he robbed a bank in San Diego, earning the fitting nickname, “The Whispering Bandit.”

According to the FBI, The Whispering Bandit robbed a Union Bank at 1201 Fifth Ave. on Thursday around 1:50 p.m.

About five minutes before entering the bank, a surveillance camera captured video of the bandit smoking a cigarette outside the bank, standing near an ATM. He then walked away from the ATM and the front entrance of the bank.

Minutes later, the suspect entered the bank and approached a teller. Investigators said that’s when the bandit – using a low voice and gestures – made a verbal demand for cash from the teller.

After getting some money from the teller, The Whispering Bandit stuffed the cash into his pocket and fled the bank through the B Street lobby door, investigators said. He was last seen walking eastbound.

No one was injured in the heist.

Witnesses described the soft-spoken bank robber as a man in his early 40s with an olive complexion. He was thin, stood at approximately 5 feet 11 inches and had light brown eyes and a scab on his left eyelid. He wore blue jeans and a short sleeve black T-shirt with a design on the front of the Statue of Liberty.

Anyone with information on the bandit’s identity or whereabouts should contact the FBI at (858) 320-1800 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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