PHOENIX -- The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is asking for the public's help to identify a person of interest in the attempted robbery of the Bank of America at 48th Street and Ray Road in Phoenix on Saturday.
According to Phoenix police, a man kidnapped a female employee Friday and held her hostage overnight then took her to the bank in the morning. The man had placed what appeared to be an explosive device around her neck, but it was later determined to be a fake.
Investigators have released surveillance photographs of a person of interest taken inside a nearby Target store at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
Due to the ongoing investigation, the FBI is not releasing why it believes the individual is a person of interest.
The Bank of America is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).
In addition, the FBI is seeking the public's assistance in identifying an unknown male who allegedly robbed the U.S. Bank inside the Safeway grocery store near Alma School Road and Chandler Boulevard in Chandler.
The robbery occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on the same day and within approximately five miles of the attempted robbery at Bank of America.
The suspect presented a demand note and left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
He is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, 25 to 27 years old, 160 to 170 pounds with a slender build and short, light-colored facial hair. He was wearing a long-sleeve black hooded sweatshirt with a purple T-shirt underneath, gray/green beanie, large Aviator-style sunglasses, blue jeans, and was carrying a black and brown backpack.
The suspect was seen driving a white newer-model Hyundai Santa Fe.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the person of interest or the unknown male can contact the FBI at 623-466-1366 or online at www.BanditTrackerArizona.com.