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Surveillance Photo of Bank Robbery Suspect Released

January 6, 2006 -- Investigators with the Houston Police Department Robbery Division assigned to the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force have released a surveillance photo of a bank robbery suspect wanted in an incident at 2435 West Alabama on December 8, 2005 at about 11:25 a.m.

HPD Robbery Division/FBI Bank Robbery Task Force Sergeant J. B. Whiteley reported:

A male entered the Chase Bank at 2435 West Alabama and waited in the customer line until a teller became available. The suspect presented the teller a threatening note demanding money. The teller, fearing the suspect would do harm to her and others, complied with his request and handed the suspect money. The suspect then walked out of the bank.

It is believed the suspect is also responsible for the following bank robberies:

Washington Mutual at 10301 South Post Oak on August 31, 2005
Washington Mutual at 1934 West Gray on October 3, 2005
Washington Mutual at 1351 West 43rd on November 1, 2005

The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, 30 to 45 years old, approximately 6 feet tall, 170-190 pounds with a slender build, and a beard that could possibly be fake.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force at 713-693-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

JGA/MES 1-6-06

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