FBI asks help in finding ‘McBandit’ bank robber in California

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s help to find a suspected bank robber connected to 13 heists across the country, including in the California cities of Glendora and Upland.

According to authorities, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect nicknamed “McBandit,” and “the Ray-Bandit.”

He was named “the Ray-Bandit” because of the sunglasses he allegedly wore in the Midwest robberies, and he became “the McBandit” after he was seen in bank surveillance videos with a McDonald’s paper bag in Southern California

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the suspect was responsible for bank robberies in seven states, most recently in Virginia on December 5.

He was also accused of robbing a U.S. Bank branch in Upland on November 1 and a Chase branch inside a Ralphs grocery store in Glendora on November 26.

Glendora police claimed the robber was wearing a baseball cap, mirrored sunglasses and a blue plaid shirt when he showed a note demanding money to the teller and left in a newer-model vehicle similar to a Toyota Prius.

The suspect is described as a white man about 20 to 25 years old with strawberry blond hair, about 5’8″ to 6’0″ tall and overweight.

Authorities confirmed he used different disguises among them fake beards and false teeth, and he could be using dyes to change his hair color.

It was reported that he has used a tan or gray Hyundai Elantra car in most robberies. The vehicle is an older model, with rear spoiler and a broken passenger-side light.

The suspect puts either Band-Aids or rubber thimbles on his fingertips and always wears sunglasses and a long-sleeve shirt which is probably to cover tattoos on his arms.

In some robberies, he also wore a baseball-style cap with a Ford Shelby Cobra logo.

Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-CALL FBI, or in Los Angeles, you can contact the local field office at 1-888 CANTHIDE.

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