Charged with bank robbery
ALSO KNOWN AS: The "Mute Bandit"
AGE: Early 20s EYES: wears sunglasses
HAIR: Dishwater blonde; always covered with a black wig
WEIGHT: 160 pounds HEIGHT: 5 feet 10 inches
BUILD: Medium TATTOOS and SCARS: none visible
CHARGE: Armed bank robbery
The man investigators are calling the "mute bandit" is a serial bank robber believed responsible for no fewer than five robberies in the Salt Lake area from May 21 through June 10. Four of the five robberies took place on three consecutive Fridays, and the fifth was on Thursday, June 10.
The robberies occurred between 12:15 and 3:40 p.m. The man robbed three of the banks using the same method, but he changed his approach for two others. On two occasions, May 28 and June 4, the man wore a bandage across his throat and feigned an inability to speak due to an injury or surgery to his throat.
During every robbery, the man disguised himself by wearing dark sunglasses, a black baseball cap with the word "Army" written on it, and a jet black wig with straight coarse strands that covered his ears. He wore knee-length shorts, black running shoes and white athletic socks as well as a T-shirt that appears to bear a logo with the letters "KW" on the left chest and a large K with a cartoon-figure inlay on the lower backside of the shirt.
He carried a black backpack that contained two blue colored bank zipper bags, one each from Bank One Utah and Zions First National Bank. He points the backpack at the victim teller to give the impression that he has a weapon inside the bag. He has also threatened that he had a gun during some of the robberies.
The man has been seen getting into a gray green four-door mid-'80s Volkswagen Jetta after the robberies.
Utah Crime Solvers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and binding over of the suspect in this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Utah Crime Solvers at 964-CALL or 1-800-972-CALL. Or call the FBI at 355-7521. It is not necessary to give your name when providing information.