Last Friday, police and FBI arrested a man known as the “Dreaded Bandit” on the 5400 block of Geary. The 59-year old man is a suspect in at least four Bay Area bank robberies and got his nickname from the dreadlock wig he is often seen wearing in surveillance videos.
The man was under surveillance by the FBI around 2:30pm on Friday. He exited his 2006 Lexus GS 300 to approach a bank in the 5400 block of Geary Boulevard, according to a police report.
There are two banks on that block – Sterling Bank & Trust, and Wells Fargo Bank which shares space with a Starbucks. Both are on the corner of 19th Avenue and Geary, but it’s unknown which bank he was headed for.
According to the Chronicle, “At the time of his arrest, authorities said, the man was wearing the Dreaded Bandit’s trademark wig and a fake mustache. Police searched him and found he was armed with a loaded black revolver, according to the report.”
A 47-year old accomplice that was waiting in the car was also arrested.
Prior to his arrest, the man was suspected of robbing the Comerica Bank on the 2000 block of Union Street twice, and the First Republic Bank on the 2000 block of Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. He is also suspected of robbing a Provident Credit Union in San Mateo. In all robberies, he produced a handgun and obtained undisclosed amounts of cash.