‘Droopy Face Bandit’ wanted by FBI on suspicion of 10 SF bank robberies

The Droopy Face Bandit is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of 10 bank robberies in San Francisco. (Courtesy FBI)

An older man suspected of robbing at least 10 banks in San Francisco since 2007 struck again last month, when he robbed banks in Chinatown and the Richmond District, the FBI said Wednesday.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads up to the arrest of the “Droopy Face Bandit,” the bureau’s San Francisco Field Office said. The saggy-cheeked man is known to pass tellers a note demanding money and has led tellers to believe he has a gun.

He is suspected of robbing two East West Banks last month: one on Clement Street and Seventh Avenue on Sept. 16, and another on Kearny and Jackson streets the week prior, the FBI said.

In June 2007, the Droopy Face Bandit is believed to have robbed his first bank — a United Commercial Bank in Chinatown. He’s suspected of robbing five more Chinatown banks that year, the FBI said.

In September 2009, the Droopy Face Bandit is suspected of robbing two more banks in the Chinatown and the Richmond district. The robberies last month were the first since then, the FBI said.

The Droopy Face Bandit is considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said. He is described as a small man in his 60s, between 5 foot 3 inches tall and 5 foot 7 inches tall and recently wearing a light-colored oxford shirt under his jacket.

Robbery Dates and Locations:

— Sept. 16 East West Bank at 498 Clement St.

— Sept. 8 East West Bank at 900 Kearny St.

— Oct. 18, 2009 United Commercial at Bank 498 Clement St.

— Sept. 8, 2009 First Bank at 1143 Grant Ave.

— Oct. 31, 2007 Wells Fargo at 1160 Grant Ave.

— Oct. 11, 2007 First Bank at 1143 Grant Ave.

— July 28, 2007 United Commercial Bank at 1066 Grant Ave.

— July 27, 2007 Citibank at 1000 Grant Ave.

— July 2, 2007 Bank of America at 701 Grant Ave.

— June 13, 2007 United Commercial Bank at 743 Washington St.

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Francisco Field Office

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The "Droopy Face Bandit" is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on suspicion of ten San Francisco bank robberies. (Courtesy FBI)

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