‘Boom Boom Bandit’ sought in robbery of Mar Vista bank
Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man suspected of robbing two Westside banks on Feb. 12, including a Chase Bank in Mar Vista.
The suspect, dubbed the “Boom Boom Bandit” uses a written note demanding cash that also provides an assortment of instructions for the bank teller, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
According to authorities, the suspect is wanted for a bank robbery and an attempted bank robbery on Feb. 12 at the Chase Bank at 12335 Venice Blvd. in Mar Vista, and the Bank of America at 11501 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles.
Witnesses have described the suspect as a white man, 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-3, 180 to 220 pounds, 35 to 40 years of age, with brown hair that may be a wig.
In a bank surveillance photo, the Boom Boom Bandit can be seen displaying a device in a bag described by witnesses as red flares wrapped in tape with wires attached, Eimiller said. The barrel of a handgun was also reportedly seen inside the bag presented to a teller.
The demand note stated, in part, “no drama, no boom boom,” which appears to suggest that an explosive device would be detonated if the teller did not comply with the suspect’s demand, Eimiller said. The suspect allegedly took the device with him as he left the banks.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911.
The FBI is conducting the investigation jointly with the Los Angeles Police Department.