'Slingblade Bandits' wanted in two bank robberies

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PHOENIX -- The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is asking for the public's help to identify the "Slingblade Bandits" wanted in two Valley robberies.

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On June 29, a man entered the Arizona Federal Credit Union near Chandler Boulevard and Alma School Road in Chandler and handed a demand note to a teller.

According to the FBI, he then opened a sling on his left arm and displayed a semi-automatic handgun. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank on foot. No vehicle was seen.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set white male in his 40s, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 280 pounds. He had salt-and-pepper hair, a mustache and a goatee. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, dark baseball cap, prescription eyeglasses, and a dark arm sling on his left arm.

On Tuesday, a man with bandages on his face entered the Wells Fargo Bank near Baseline and Gilbert roads in Mesa and approached a teller. According to the FBI, he displayed a black semi-automatic handgun, which was concealed inside a sling on his left arm.

The suspect verbally demanded money and presented a demand note, but the teller did not read it. He received an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank on foot. No vehicle was seen.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He had white bandages on the right side of his face. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black sunglasses, a light-green drab-colored long-sleeve shirt with the word "Military" on the front, dark pants and a sling on his left arm.

Anyone with information about the identity of the "Slingblade Bandits" and/or information about the bank robberies should contact the FBI Phoenix Division at 602-279-5511.