The FBI continues to seek a suspect who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in La Mesa Friday, after connecting him to another bank robbery in San Diego earlier this month.
At approximately 11:55 a.m. Friday, the suspect entered the Wells Fargo, located inside a Vons store at 8011 University Ave. The robber pretended to talk on the phone “as a ruse” before demanding money, FBI Special Agent Davene Butler said.
The man threatened “to shoot” if he did not receive the money, though no witnesses saw a firearm.
He approached several bank tellers seeking more cash, and departed the bank after receiving the money, Butler said.
In a similar incident on the morning of Aug. 15, a man entered the US Bank, also located inside a Vons, at 6155 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego.
After instructing the bank teller to “grab a bag” and “start with your hundreds,” the robber said, “put all the money in the bag and give it to me or I swear I’m gonna shoot,” according to the FBI.
After receiving cash, the robber fled on foot.
Authorities said that suspect also mentioned a weapon that no one saw, and pretended to talk on the phone, similar to Friday’s robbery.
The man wore a black bomber style jacket and black sunglasses.
Surveillance cameras inside both the Wells Fargo and US Bank captured photographs of the suspect. Witnesses have described the robber as a bald, 20- to 30-year-old black male weighing from 150 to 170 lbs. and standing approximately 5 feet-10-inches tall.
Anyone with information regarding this suspect should call the San Diego FBI at 858-320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
– City News Service
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