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Surveillance Photo of Bank Robbery Suspect Released

January 4, 2007 -- Investigators with the Houston Police Department Robbery Division and the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a robbery suspect wanted in an incident at the Washington Mutual Bank located at 3636 Old Spanish Trail on January 2, 2007 at 12:35 p.m.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or possibly mixed-race male, about 45 to 50 years of age, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a slim to medium build (approximately 140 to 160 pounds). He was wearing a gray wool cap and a zip-up, green hooded jacket. A surveillance photo of the wanted suspect is attached to this news release.

HPD Robbery Division/FBI Bank Robbery Task Force Sergeant D. Ryza reported:

The suspect entered the Washington Mutual Bank at 3636 Old Spanish Trail and waited in line to be called by the next available teller. He presented a teller with a note demanding money and stating he had a gun. The teller, although fearing for her safety and that of her coworkers, attempted to stall the suspect by telling him she did not have any money. The suspect told her not to push any buttons and to give him an envelope with cash. The teller complied and the suspect quickly left the bank. The suspect was seen driving away in an older model two-door silver Mitsubishi sedan.

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/JFC 1-3-07

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