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“Cyborg Bandit” revealed as also “Elephant Man Bandit” – 30 bank robberies

Posted by Mike on February 12th, 2014

Update: Officers believe the “Cyborg Bandit” is also the “Elephant Man Bandit” – responsible for 30 bank robberies in the area.

The Cyborg Bandit is believed to have robbed the Sterling Northgate branch in December.

Our previous post states he is suspected in at least a half-dozen robberies.

In a statement issued this afternoon by a joint task force including the FBI, officials said they believe he is responsible for 30 robberies during 2013 and 2014 in King and Snohomish counties.

On February 11, 2014, shortly after 4:30 p.m., the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force (SSSTF) arrested a 44-year-old man who resides in Everett, WA, immediately after he exited a Key Bank in the University District of Seattle.

SSSTF investigators nicknamed the bank robber who wore a metallic-like, textured fabric over his face the “Cyborg Bandit” because of the material’s similar appearance to cyborgs and cylons in science fiction productions. SSTF investigators nicknamed the bank robber who covered his head with a shirt or other material bearing two small eye holes the “Elephant Man Bandit” because of the similarity to a character in a movie of the same name. Combining bank robberies attributed to each nicknamed robber, the SSTF believes the subject in custody may be responsible for 30 bank robberies throughout King and Snohomish Counties.

Through the lengthy, joint investigation with partners across the two counties, SSSTF investigators identified a van they believed was associated with the “Cyborg Bandit.” Around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the van with a lone, white, male driver began to drive around the Key Bank on 25th Avenue NE in the University District of Seattle. After two hours of apparent surveillance of the bank by the individual, he was observed putting on a mask and entering the bank. Key Bank reported a robbery by a masked man around 4:30 p.m.. When the previously observed individual exited the bank, SSSTF agents arrested the man on probable cause.

The complete list of robberies:

 February 11, 2014 (Tue) – Key Bank, Univ. Village Branch, Seattle, WA

 February 4, 2014 (Tue) – US Bank inside Fred Meyer, Lynnwood, WA

 Jan 24, 2014 (Fri) – Key Bank, Mukliteo, WA

 January 13, 2014 (Mon) – Banner Bank, Everett, WA

 January 4, 2014 (Sat) – Chase Bank, Lynnwood, WA

 December 31, 2013 (Tue) – Key Bank, Woodinville, WA

 December 16, 2013 (Mon) – Whidbey Island Bank, Everett, WA

 December 14, 2013 (Sat) – Wells Fargo, Bellevue, WA

 December 4, 2013 (Wed) – Sterling Bank Northgate, Seattle, WA

 November 30, 2013 (Sat) – Wells Fargo Totem Lake, Kirkland, WA

 November 13, 2013 (Wed) – Key Bank, University Village, Seattle, WA

 November 7, 2013, (Thu) – Home Street Bank, Marysville, WA

 October 30, 2013 (Wed) – Banner Bank, Everett, WA

 October 23, 2013 (Wed) – Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, WA

 October 18, 2013 (Fri) – US, Shoreline, WA

 October 2, 2013 (Wed) – Banner Bank, Woodinville, WA

 September 24, 2013 (Tue) – Key Bank, Bellevue, WA

 August 29, 2013 (Thu) – US Bank, Mukilteo Branch, Mukileto, WA

 August 12, 2013 (Mon) – Whidbey Island, Mill Creek Branch, Mill Creek, WA

 July 17, 2013 (Thu) Whidbey Island, North Seattle, Shoreline

 July 12, 2013 (Wed) Whidbey Island, Woodinville Branch, Woodinville

 July 5, 2013 (Fri) Whidbey Island, North Creek, Bothell WA

 April 29, 2013 (Mon) Banner Bank Evergreen Way, Everett, WA

 April 26, 2013 (Fri) – Whidbey Island Bank, North Seattle, Shoreline, WA

 April 22, 2013 (Mon) – Bank of America, Everett, WA

 March 29, 2013 (Fri) – Whidbey Island Bank, Bothell, WA

 March 1, 2013 (Fri) – Whidbey Island Bank, Everett, WA

 February 19, 2013 (Tues) – Whidbey Island Bank, Mill Creek Branch, Mill Creek

 February 5, 2013 (Tues) – Banner Bank, Everett, WA

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The FBI and other police agencies have called a 2 p.m. press conference over bank robbers dubbed the “Cyborg Bandit” and the “Elephant Man Bandit.”

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1 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 An Observer // Feb 13, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Thanks to the law enforcement personnel who put the pieces together and busted this guy.