Reward offered for AK-47 Bandit

February 6, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

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North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner (center) appears at a California press conference with Chino Police Chief Miles Pruitt (left) and the FBI Special Agent in Charge for Los Angeles Bill Lewis. They were trying to generate national publicity to help find ‘The AK-47 Bandit,’ who is suspected of robbing several banks, including North Bend’s Chase Bank, and shooting a California police officer.


A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the man dubbed “The AK-47 Bandit,” who is suspected of robbing several banks with an assault rifle in the West, including North Bend’s Chase Bank in July, and shot and wounded a Chino, Calif., police officer.

North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner said he attended a January press conference in Chino, along with representatives from all of the other agencies investigating the multistate crimes they suspect the bandit had a hand in.

He said each was basically comparing notes with other investigators, which included the Chino Police Department, Rexburg Police Department in Idaho, the Vacaville and Sacramento police departments in California, as well as FBI offices in each of those jurisdictions.

Toner said investigators have “played out most of the leads we’ve gotten” and are hoping that a large reward and increased national attention might trigger something to generate more tips.

Anyone with information about the North Bend robbery or the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is urged to contact investigators at a toll-free number established for the case, 855-9-BANDIT, or send an e-mail to

The suspect is considered heavily armed and dangerous, and individuals who may come into contact with him are advised to contact law enforcement immediately and refrain from taking independent action to apprehend the suspect, an FBI press release said.


Michele Mihalovich: 392-6434, ext. 246, or


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