'High Jump Bandit' suspected in Phoenix bank robbery

'High Jump Bandit' suspected in Phoenix bank robbery

Bank of America on July 15

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 9:36 AM

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PHOENIX – Police are searching for a man who robbed a Phoenix bank last week and they believe he is responsible for four other bank robberies across the Valley.

The Bank of America at Elliot Road and 51st Street was robbed just after 2 p.m. on July 15.

Police said the suspect verbally demanded money from a teller and then jumped onto the counter. The suspect reportedly threatened the teller as he grabbed the cash from the drawer.

He then fled the bank.

Police said he did not display a weapon.

The suspect is described as a white male, 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 to 200 pounds, with a shaved head and clean-shaven with a dark or tan complexion.

In the latest robbery, he was wearing a tan baseball cap with an unknown logo and writing on the front, blue jeans, black sunglasses, and a gray and black button-up shirt with the number 28 on the back.

The suspect is wanted in connection with four other bank robberies in the Valley: MidFirst Bank at Rural and Elliot roads on July 2; SunWest Credit Union at Third Street and McDowell Road in Phoenix on June 3; MidFirst Bank at Chandler Boulevard and 48th Street in Phoenix on May 21; and BMO Harris at Warner Road and 48th Street in Phoenix on May 21.

The suspect has been dubbed the "High Jump Bandit" because he has been seen jumping on or vaulting the teller counter during the robberies.

No vehicle has been seen. The suspect has always been seen fleeing on foot.

To this point, no one has been injured by the suspect, but the suspect may have cut his forehead during the first robbery when he was pushed to the ground by an employee, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the FBI at 623-466-1999 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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