In this screenshot of a video released by the FBI, a bank robbery suspect is seen. (Courtesy FBI)

‘Dreaded Bandit’ bank robbery suspect arrested in SF

FBI officials said Monday the bank robbery suspect they refer to as the “Dreaded Bandit” has been arrested in San Francisco.

The suspect, whose nickname refers to his habit of wearing disguises including makeup and fake dreadlocks, is wanted in connection with a series of takeover-style robberies, including two in June and July at the same Comerica Bank branch on Union Street in San Francisco.

In each of those robberies, the suspect displayed a handgun and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the FBI. Investigators were able to recover surveillance images of the suspect from those robberies.

The suspect is also believed to have robbed the Provident Credit Union at 2727 S. El Camino Real in San Mateo on May 12 and the First Republic Bank at 2001 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco on April 22, according to the FBI.

FBI spokesperson Prentice Danner said the arrest was made by San Francisco police but could not provide further details.

San Francisco police Monday morning said they had arrested a bank robbery suspect Friday afternoon in the 5400 block of Geary Boulevard in San Francisco’s Richmond District, but could not immediately provide the suspect’s identity or confirm whether it was the same suspect sought by the FBI.

Police said investigators made that arrest around 2:30 p.m. Friday after conducting surveillance on the suspect, a 59-year-old man.

They arrested the man after he approached the bank wearing a wig and mustache, and also arrested a 47-year-old man waiting in a 2006 Lexus GS 300.

A search of the suspect found a loaded black revolver, police said.


Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeinkbank robberCrimedreaded banditFBIpoliceRobberySFPD

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at

Just Posted

Diners sit outside Caffe Greco in North Beach on Monday, June 15, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF becomes first Bay Area County to move to least restrictive COVID-19 category

Change to ‘yellow’ will allow more indoor dining and fitness, reopening non-essential offices

Police release an image a cracked windshield on a Prius that Cesar Vargas allegedly tried to carjack. Vargas, who was shot by police a short time later, can be seen in videos jumping on the windshield and pushing a Muni passenger who disembarked from a bus. (Courtesy SFPD
SFPD releases videos of deadly police shooting

Cesar Vargas killed after reports of carjacking with knife

Organizers of the San Francisco International Arts Festival had planned to use parts of Fort Mason including the Parade Ground, Eucalyptus Grove and Black Point Battery to host performances by about a dozen Bay Area arts groups. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Arts festival sues city over permit denial

Organizer says outdoor performances should be treated like demonstrations, religious gatherings

New legislation would make sure supportive housing tenants don’t pay more than 30 percent of their income for rent.. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner))
Supportive housing tenants could get more help paying the rent

Supportive housing tenants struggling to pay rent could soon see their payments… Continue reading

An oversight body for San Francisco’s mental health programs may be restructured after questions were raised about its management and lack of effectiveness. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Behavioral health oversight body looks for new start — and staff — after mismanagement

Members of an oversight body for San Francisco’s behavioral health programs said… Continue reading

Most Read