Authorities believe 'Mesh Mask Bandit' has struck again

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 03, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The FBI appealed for help Wednesday to identify a man called the "Mesh Mask Bandit," who is a suspect in holdups at 14 North Texas banks and a credit union.

The bandit is believed to have struck again Tuesday when he walked into s Citibank in Arlington armed with a handgun and demanded cash. After getting an undisclosed amount of money, the robber ran away.

A $15,000 reward has been offered leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Mesh Mask Bandit," who FBI officials say started his robbery spree on Dec. 31.

The FBI released a composite drawing of the suspect on Wednesday based on a witness description. The witness saw the man's face before he pulled the mesh mask over his face, according to the FBI agents.

He is described as a Hispanic man with a dark complexion, 37 to 43 years old, 5-foot-7 to 6-foot-2, medium build, dark hair and eyes, and may have a mustache and goatee.

His clothing or skin could be temporarily red because of a dye pack at a Dallas bank holdup on Jan. 31.

FBI agents say they believe he has robbed five banks and a credit union in Dallas, three banks in Carrollton and one bank each in Garland, Addison, Grand Prairie, Lewisville and Arlington.

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

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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