Knife-wielding bank robber earns 15-year sentence

The violent crook robbed multiple San Francisco banks this year, holding a hunting knife to the throat of customers during many of the heists.

His big score? More than 15 years in the slammer, authorities said.

Jason Dunlap, 32, of New York City, was sentenced to 15 years and seven months in federal prison Tuesday and ordered to pay restitution for multiple counts of armed bank robbery and interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Monday.

The brazen robber hit several banks in busy areas, including the Citibank on Van Ness Avenue, the Wells Fargo on Grant Avenue, East West Bank, Borel Private Bank and City National Bank, authorities said.

On July 20, Dunlap pleaded guilty to holding customers and tellers at knifepoint while demanding money from bank employees.

His vile method of operation was to hold “a large hunting-style knife” to the neck of the customer in line in front of him while yelling at tellers “Give me the hundreds! Hurry, hurry!” authorities said.

One of the victims was an elderly woman, they said.

Dunlap also drove stolen getaway vehicles across state lines after the robberies, authorities said. He began serving his sentence Monday.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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