Bank robber wearing Detroit Lions hat robs bank — again

The “Lion Man” strikes again.

Montgomery County Police said the man they’ve dubbed the “Lion Man” for wearing a Detroit Lions blue-and-black cap while robbing banks hit another one on Thursday.

Just before noon, police said, the man approached a teller and passed a note at the SunTrust Bank inside a Safeway grocery store at 13814 Outlet Drive in Silver Spring. Montgomery County Police said the man “just left before he got money.”

The robber, described as being in his 40s, is also believed to have been involved in robberies at two other Silver Spring banks, a Capital One branch at 11241 Georgia Avenue on Monday and another Capital One at 11261 New Hampshire Avenue on April 21, authorities say.

The FBI said the man hands the tellers a note demanding money and threatening to use a weapon.


(Montgomery County Police/Video surveillance picture of a man wanted in a string of bank robberies in Montgomery County.)

He is also wanted in an attempted bank robbery on April 21 at a Wells Fargo bank at 2320 Ashton Street in Baltimore. A bank employee approached him while he was standing in line and he left the bank without incident, according to the FBI.

Surveillance video shows the man also wearing a black jacket, dark pants and dark sunglasses. He has a salt-and-pepper beard.

He’s apparently a supporter of the Lions, a team that isn’t exactly known for being a big winner. It is perhaps best known for having the second-longest NFL championship drought. Its last championship play: 1957.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Baltimore division of the FBI at 410-265-8080.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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