'Red Handed Bandit' wanted in bank heists

HOUSTON Most recently, the "Red Handed Bandit" robbed the IBC Bank at 1545 Eldridge Parkway on Tuesday morning, January 26, 2008. In a previous robbery, he wore bright red gloves, and so earned his nickname.

On Tuesday, "Red Handed Bandit" entered the bank at approximately 9:25am, and approached the teller counter. He set down a drink cup, and laid a red towel on the counter, as he instructed the teller to place money onto the towel. He placed his hand into his shirt as if to indicate that he had a weapon. Tellers reported feeling intimidated by the sheer physical size of the "Red Handed Bandit" as he leaned over the counter to give instructions.

The robber is described as a black male, age 25-26, 6' to 6'1", 220-240 pounds, with a large, muscular build. He was wearing a dark baseball cap, dark button down shirt, black pants, and black cloth gloves on his hands. No getaway vehicle was seen. No one was physically hurt during the robbery.

The "Red Handed Bandit" is also suspected in the robbery of the Washington Mutual Bank at 14565 Memorial Drive on January 16, 2008. During that robbery, the bandit wore a red baseball hat, black warm up jacket, and red gloves. He is also suspected in the attempted robbery of the Washington Mutual Bank at 13070 Bellaire Boulevard on February 22, 2008. During that robbery, the bandit was unable to find a teller with access to a cash drawer, due to a unique kiosk-type floor plan used by the bank. He became frustrated, yelled an expletive, and left the bank.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of the "Red Handed Bandit" or any felony suspect. If you have information about this crime, contact the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or your local FBI office.

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