Surveillance photos from Friday Aug. 23, 2019 Wells Fargo robbery. Photo credit: FBI

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.

The suspect wore a white T-shirt, dark pants and held a backpack.

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.

Surveillance photos from Aug. 15, 2019 US Bank robbery. Photo credit: FBI

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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