FBI offering reward for 'dangerous' point blank bandit


by By Leigh Frillici 11 News


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 20 at 3:14 PM

HOUSTON -The FBI is calling the point blank bandit a serial bank robber with a dangerous method. That's because he takes hostages.

KHOU'S Leigh Frillici reports
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He's robbed four banks in five weeks. The only thing that seemed to stop his crime spree was Hurricane Ike.

"Because he's so dangerous we are offering up to a $15,000 reward for his identification," FBI Special Agent Randy Mondor said.

The crime spree started at the Comerica Bank on Eldridge. The FBI says the robber went into the bank, took a female teller hostage and demanded money while holding a handgun to her head.

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That scenario has been repeated since and it has earned the suspect the name, point blank bandit.

"His aggressiveness really concerns us," Mondor said.

On Sept. 23, the bandit dropped in on the Wells Fargo bank on Westheimer. This time he held a gun to the head of a male employee.

On Oct. 1st, the robber struck Capital Bank on South Mason in Katy. He changed his style this time.

"Instead of pulling his weapon and putting it to their head, he put it to the back of that person and then marched that person around to the teller station," said Mondor.

One week later Compass Bank in the Heights was struck.

"He pointed the gun at another employee and he put it right to her head and demanded her money," the agent said.

In each case, the suspect left without hurting anyone, at least not physically.

"But mentally we see that these tellers go through a lot of trauma," Mondor said.

Now the FBI wants to stop these traumatic situations before the point blank bandit strikes again and makes a mistake.

"That person applies too much pressure to the trigger and the next thing you know you have a victim," he said.

The FBI hopes to stop this criminal before a bigger loss is made.

Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 713-693-5000.