Serial bank robber who brandishes AK-47 may be hiding out in Ariz.

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PHOENIX – A national serial bank robber could be hiding out in Arizona.

The FBI is asking for the public's help to find the "AK-47 Bandit," who is wanted in four states. Authorities are offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

According to the FBI, the suspect has been linked to five bank robberies and one attempt in California, Washington, Idaho and Nebraska. He used what is believed to be an AK-47 assault-syle rifle with a drum magazine during the robberies.

Authorities said the suspect also shot and wounded a police officer following an armed bank robbery in Chino, California, in 2012.

The suspect is described as a white man, 25 to 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, 180 to 230 pounds with a large build and blue eyes.

During some of the robberies, the suspect wore a black balaclava-style ski mask, black gloves, navy blue body armor and a green mesh vest with the word "Sheriff" on the back. In other robberies, a sheriff's star-style badge was pinned to the front of his clothing.

He has been seen driving a dark gray, four-door 2009-2011 Nissan Maxima with dark-tinted windows and stock chrome rims as well as a reddish-orange Jeep Liberty or Patriot SUV with a tire mounted on the back.

The suspect is considered heavily armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.