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Help Sought in Identifying Wanted Bank Robber

August 24, 2005 -- Houston police investigators in the FBI Bank Robbery Squad have released surveillance photos of a suspect wanted in at least one bank robbery and another attempted bank robbery during a three-day period last week.

The suspect is described as a black male with short black hair, 26 to 30 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 200 pounds. In the attempted robbery, he was wearing glasses, a cream-colored sport shirt, dark blue dress pants and a tan Kanga cap.

Click here for surveillance photo #1.
Click here for surveillance photo #2.
Click here for surveillance photo #3.

HPD Robbery Division Sergeant J.B. Whiteley of the FBI Bank Squad reported:

The first attempted robbery occurred at the Chase Bank at 712 Main about 3:25 p.m. on August 18. In that incident, the suspect approached the first available teller and presented a handwritten note. The note stated the suspect had a gun and would shoot the teller and the police, if they were called. The teller did not have any money in her cash drawer and showed the suspect the empty drawer. The suspect verbally demanded money several times and left the bank without any money, apparently out of frustration.

The second incident was a robbery at another Chase Bank, this time at 1605 Lockwood about 12:25 p.m. on August 20. In that instance, the same suspect used the same method of operation and presented a teller with a black backpack to fill with money. The suspect escaped with an undetermined amount of money.

Anyone with information on the suspect wanted in these cases is urged to contact the FBI Bank Robbery Squad at 713-693-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

JFC/RMM 8-24-05

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.