Bank robber dubbed "Trick or Treat Bandit" strikes Austin bank


by MORGAN CHESKY / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 10:38 AM

AUSTIN -- He's the man detectives call the only serial bank robber roaming Austin. He is a criminal who flaunts his calling card on his face.

"What's unique about him is the fact that he wears masks," said Austin Police Department detective Billy Parks.

Police said that's exactly what the man they've coined the "Trick or Treat Bandit" did Thursday morning. Around 9:30 a.m. he walked into IBC bank off Braker Lane and Burnet Road, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash.

His face was hidden as usual and this time it was behind a bandanna.

Police said when it comes to disguises, the bandit doesn't discriminate. He has sported everything from a ballcap and a pair of sunglasses to more creative costuming.

"I fully expect this suspect to continue to rob again," said Parks.

A look at his record shows why. Since 2009 police blame the bandit for seven bank robberies, all in North Austin, two of the banks he hit twice.

"We want to stop him before he hurts someone," said Parks. "He started out just using, pointing, his finger at people and now he's pointing a weapon."

The handgun he now carries have police turning to the public for help. APD hopes somebody recognizes the husky Hispanic man who stands at about 5'7".

"Someone out there knows this person," said Parks. "This is someone's uncle, this is someone's brother, this is someone's friend."

Friend or not, up to $6,000 is being offered to whoever turns the bandit in.

Police said the robber was last seen driving a late 1997 to 2000 model Toyota Camry. It's described as greyish-green in color and has gold lettering and a sunroof.

Got a tip? Call Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-tips or text “tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.

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