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FBI: Bully Bandit strikes again, this time in Riverside; $17,500 offered for his apprehension

RIVERSIDE – Riverside police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who robbed Bank of America, 3300 S. Harlem Ave., at 12:36 p.m. Thursday.

A man walked into the bank, displayed a handgun and demanded money from a teller, police said. After being given the money, he fled the scene on foot toward Burlington Street, police said.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male between 5 foot 6 inches and 5 foot 8 inches tall with a medium build wearing a dark hooded Chicago Bears sweatshirt, police said. He was wearing a mask that covered half his face, police said.

FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde said the man is believed to be the same person who robbed two PNC Banks in Berwyn in December, as well as several more in Chicago earlier this year. The suspect was dubbed the Bully Bandit after he robbed a bank in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago in April, due to his aggressive manner.

This is believed to be the Bully Bandit's 12th Chicago-area bank robbery, Hyde said. This was the first time he has robbed a bank in Riverside, she said.

The bank was placed on lockdown while a police dog attempted to track the suspect, police said. Representatives of the FBI also responded to the scene, police said.

“Investigators are now checking all business in the area for outside video cameras to determine if the suspect was caught on video footage outside of the bank,” Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in a news release issued by the Police Department.

Residents are urged to call the department at 708-447-2127 with any information about the suspect. A reward of up to $17,500 is being offered for information leading to his apprehension.

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