FBI hunting serial bank robber dubbed the 'Mesh Mask Bandit'

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A man wearing a black mesh mask and brandishing a handgun could be responsible for as many as nine bank holdups in North Texas since December, according to the FBI.

The FBI, which released surveillance video snapshots and other information on the suspect late Friday, said the bank robber should be considered dangerous although no one has been injured in any of the robberies.

The robbery spree began on Dec. 31 at a BBVA Compass Bank in Dallas, and FBI officials say the same suspect hit two banks on Thursday, one in Addison and another in Carrollton.

FBI agents noted that the robber may have sustained chemical burns during a Jan. 31 holdup at a Capital One Bank holdup in Dallas when a dye pack exploded. His clothing and skin may also have been dyed red.

In several robberies, the robber is seen wearing a large watch and a distinctive hat, according to bank surveillance photos.

FBI officials said that in each holdup the suspect ran into the bank wearing the mesh mask and, brandishing a handgun, demanded money from the bank teller.

The robber is described as a Hispanic or African-American man, about 5-feet-7 to 6-feet-2 with a medium to large build. He has worn long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves.

The list of holdups that have been connected to the "Mesh Mask Bandit" include BBVA Compass, 2923 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas on Dec. 31; Citibank, 3550 Forest Lane in Dallas on Jan. 5; Wells Fargo Bank, 1420 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas on Jan. 19; Texans Credit Union, 2241 Irving Boulevard in Dallas on Jan. 24; Capital One Bank, 2903 Forest Lane in Dallas on Jan 31; Capital One Bank, 2015 Northwest Highway in Dallas on Feb. 7; and Bank of the West, 2015 E. Beltline Road in Carrollton.

The two robberies on Thursday were at Capital One Bank, 3709 Beltline Road in Addison, and ViewPoint Bank, 1801 Keller Springs Road in Carrollton.

Anyone with information should call the Dallas office of the FBI at 972-559-5000 or North Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-877-373-8477.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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