Authorities searching for man wanted in string of SF bank robberies

Authorities searching for man wanted in string of SF bank robberies

The FBI is hunting for a 48-year-old man who’s wanted in connection with a string of recent bank robberies in San Francisco — including one location twice — and elsewhere in Northern California.

Darius Gilbert is accused of robbing a Chase Bank in Elk Grove on Tuesday and six banks in San Francisco since late March, according to the FBI.

Gilbert is considered armed and dangerous and has a felony warrant for his arrest out of San Francisco, along with a federal arrest warrant from the FBI. He is known to drive a 2007 silver four-door BMW 750, authorities said.

The robbery spree started March 30 at the U.S. Bank at 4610 Mission St. in The City. Gilbert reportedly walked in, pointed a kitchen knife at two tellers and demanded money, the FBI said.

Three days later he’s alleged to have held up a Citibank at 260 California St. in San Francisco, telling employees he had a gun.

In both incidents, the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On April 7, Gilbert allegedly robbed the Bank of America at 3701 Balboa St. in The City, this time fleeing in a four-door gold sedan.

Gilbert then allegedly walked into the U.S. Bank at 4610 Mission St. again April 17 and told tellers he had a gun, before running away on foot with money.

In an April 20 incident, police allege Gilbert pretended to have a weapon while robbing the Citibank at 2198 Chestnut St. in The City.<p>

And the last San Francisco bank robbery linked to Gilbert happened May 14 when he pointed a handgun at tellers in the East West Bank at 3061 Balboa St. and demanded money.

He is also alleged to have robbed a Chase bank in Antioch on May 9.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Gilbert is described as a black man, 6-foot-2 with an athletic build. He makes little to no attempt to disguise himself during robberies, the FBI said.

The FBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for tips that result in Gilbert’s arrest and conviction.

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