Police seek "Running Man Bandit"

August 4, 2008 12:42:04 PM PDT
The FBI and local police are asking for the public's help in catching a bank robber dubbed the "Running Man bandit." Officials believe the same man is responsible for a series of bank robberies, the latest being the Willow Financial Bank branch located at 761 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley, PA, on July 25, 2008, at approximately 4:30 P.M.

The man, armed with a silver-colored semi-automatic pistol, entered the bank and shouted for employees to "put their hands up" while threatening them with the gun. He is described as in his late 20's to early 30's, 5'9" to 6'0" tall, with a medium build and complexion, one-day's growth of facial hair, brown or light brown hair, wearing an off-white jogging suit style hooded parka with dark stripes on the sleeves, matching white jogging suit pants with black vertical stripes on the outsides of the legs, white sneakers and sunglasses. After obtaining money from the employees, the subject fled the bank and was last seen running through the shopping center parking lot and behind the rear of the shopping center.

Due to the similarities in the description of the subject and his M.O., it is believed that this subject is responsible for at least three other bank robberies in the area since December 2005. These other robberies include the following: First Service Bank (National Penn Bank), 2460 Bristol Road, Bensalem, PA, on January 29, 2007; Citizens Bank, 1881 Street Road, Bensalem, PA, on September 14, 2006; and First Federal Savings & Loan, 2127 Galloway, Bensalem, PA, on December 16, 2005.

The subject has been nicknamed the "Running Man Bandit" because of his propensity for running or jogging away from the scene of the robberies. In each of the robberies the subject wore a hooded parka or sweatshirt, and was observed running a long distance away from the bank to make his getaway.

Anyone with information about this subject or any of these robberies is asked to call the FBI at 215-418-4000. A reward is available for information leading to the identification and apprehension of this subject or subjects responsible for these robberies.

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