FBI seeks ‘wave cap bandit’ for multiple area bank robberies

The face of a serial bank robber, according to the FBI.

Suspect robbed 1 Fayette bank, cased another, was scared off

The man fitting the description of the individual involved in the Oct. 18 attempted bank robbery of the Bank of America in Fayetteville is being sought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection with several recent bank robberies in south metro Atlanta.

Above, the face of a serial bank robber, according to the FBI.

Dubbed the “Wave Cap Bandit” due to the headgear worn in each of the robberies, FBI Atlanta Field Office Special Agent In-charge David J. LeValley said the FBI is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the individual responsible for five bank robberies and one attempted bank robbery, occurring in a two month period in and around the Riverdale, Fayetteville, Lovejoy and Union City areas.

LaValley said the robber is described as being a black male, medium to stocky build, mid 30’s in age, often wearing shorts, sunglasses and a black wave cap.

LeValley said the same individual went on to rob, or attempt to rob, the following banks:

• Aug. 9 at SunTrust Bank in Fayetteville

• Sept. 18 at JPMorgan Chase Bank in Riverdale

• Sept. 28 at SunTrust Bank in Riverdale

• Oct. 18 at Bank of America in Fayetteville (Attempted)

• Oct. 23 at JPMorgan Chase in Union City

The most recent incident in Fayetteville came on Oct. 18. Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Chad Myers said a man entered the Bank of America branch on Ga. Highway 314 at 2:16 p.m. He spoke with an employee about making a large withdrawal and was taken to the teller window. The man then said he wanted to make a $10,000 withdrawal but was acting suspicious. The teller activated the panic button and the man soon exited the bank on foot with no further interaction with employees.

Myers said PNC Bank near the Fayette Pavilion minutes earlier called in a suspicious person after a man fitting the same description, a black male wearing dark sunglasses, entered and exited that bank.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. There is a reward and individuals can remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers.