"Point Blank Bandit" terrorizes tellers

HOUSTON The FBI Houston Bank Robbery Task Force believes that the "Point Blank Bandit" is responsible for a bank robbery that occurred Wednesday at the Compass Bank located at 204 West 19th Street in the Heights section of Houston. This is the fourth area bank robbery in less than a month that has been linked to the aggressive, pistol wielding bank robber.

Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:55 p.m., "Point Blank Bandit" entered the Heights bank and walked directly to the teller counter. He announced that he was committing a robbery and demanded money. All employees were told that they would be shot if anyone called the police. "Point Blank Bandit" approached a teller, threw a black cloth bag to her, and demanded cash. He then approached a second teller and placed his black semi-automatic pistol directly against her head while demanding more money. He then grabbed the black bag and fled the bank on foot.

Witnesses of Wednesday's robbery describe the "Point Blank Bandit" as a white or Hispanic male in his 30's, 6' to 6'2" tall, 200-250 pounds, clean shaven face and a shaved head, with a light complexion. He was wearing a white construction hard hat, a Channel 2 t-shirt, and a construction type tool belt with no tools on it.

The FBI Houston office is offering a reward of $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Point Blank Bandit." If you have information about this case, you may call the Houston FBI office at 713-693-5000.

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