Police Say Man Has Robbed Six Banks Since January

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 12, 2008

A slightly built man who is suspected in five downtown Washington bank robberies this year allegedly struck again yesterday, carrying out a sixth robbery about the time that authorities were issuing a news release about the first five, police said.

Serial bank robbery is not unknown, but six in less than four months "is a lot," a detective said last night. The most recent took place yesterday at the United Bank branch in the 1800 block of I Street NW. The same branch was robbed by the same man March 21, police said.

Three of the other robberies took place at Washington First Bank in the 1500 block of K Street NW. They were Jan. 29, March 26 and April 7, police said.

It was not clear why the robber was partial to that branch, which is at one of downtown Washington's busiest intersections.

The other robbery was at Urban Trust Bank in the 1300 block of I Street NW.

Police described the robber as a 45- to 50-year-old black man who is 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-3 and 115 to 120 pounds. They said he has a light to medium complexion and scars on the left side of his face.

He has worn a dark suit and tie and also a puffy black coat and dark pants. He wore sunglasses in three robberies, police said.

In a news release, issued about the time yesterday's 1:45 p.m. holdup was reported, police ask anyone with information to call Detective Buddy Baylor at 202-727-7001 or 202-497-4644.

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