The FBI and law enforcement partners are seeking information from the public that leads to the identity of one or several unidentified male suspect/s wanted for bank robberies in Los Angeles County, believed to be linked based on description and modus operandi. The suspect/s are known as the “Knuckles Bandits” since a suspect in one of the early robberies was described as having tattoos on his knuckles.
During the robberies, the Knuckles Bandits approach the victim teller window and present the victim with a note demanding cash. In the most recent robbery that occurred in January 2016, the suspect threatened a gun and appeared to have a gun in his pocket, according to the victim.
Bank surveillance photographs taken from the robberies below are being released to the media. The suspects are described as either Hispanic or Armenian male/s with facial hair (trimmed beard or goatee). Other similarities are as follows: the suspects wore distinctive sweatshirts; ball caps; or hats during the robberies. During the robbery on 12/8/15, the suspect appeared to have tattoos on his knuckles, which may have been drawn on, as opposed to permanent tattoos.
The following bank robberies have been linked to one or more unidentified males known as the “Knuckles Bandits.”
11/23/2015 US Bank (inside Ralphs) 14440 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks
12/08/2015 Wells Fargo Bank (inside Vons) 1390 N. Allen Blvd, Pasadena
12/16/2015 US Bank (inside Albertsons) 19307 Saticoy Street, Reseda
12/23/2015 US Bank (inside Ralphs) 1101 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia
01/04/2016 Wells Fargo Bank (inside Vons) 9119 Reseda Blvd, Northridge
01/20/2016 Wells Fargo Bank (inside Albertsons) 2035 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect known as the Knuckles Bandits is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911.
Additional information about bank robbers currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org<http://www.labankrobbers.org/>.