San Rafael, CA – September 4, 2013. On 09/04/2013, at 9:15 A.M. a serial bank robbery suspect that had committed bank robberies in Corte Madera, Greenbrae, and Mill Valley held up the Redwood Credit Union at the Montecito Plaza Shopping Center in San Rafael.
The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was seen and no one was injured during the bank robbery.
SRPD officers were called to the scene and conducted an investigation. Witnesses who observed the suspect said he matched the description of the “Cotton Ball Bandit” serial bank robbery suspect. Central Marin Police Authority (CMPA) had made a press release about the suspect that included photographs and a video clip. Witnesses, who saw CMPA’s previous press release, identified the suspect as one in the same. CMPA referred to the serial bank robber as the “Cotton Ball Bandit” because the suspect is known for his brown winter knit beanie, with earflaps, and a “cotton ball” on the top.
The bank robbery suspect is currently wanted in connection with six other bank robberies in Marin County.
The suspect was captured on video surveillance. The suspect is described as a white male adult, 40 to 45 years, about 5’10”, slight to medium build, unshaven gray stubble, wearing a dark colored knit cap with tassels over the ears, pink T-shirt, black jacket, black jeans with holes in the knees.
SRPD Investigations is working with the Central Marin Police Authority, Marin County Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations to identify the suspect.
SRPD and Marin Law Enforcement Agencies are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the bank robbery suspect. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If seen, call 9-1-1 or contact law enforcement as soon as possible.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222.8477. This phone number will accommodate all languages. Callers can remain anonymous and may earn a possible reward. Tips can be made online at www.bayareacrimestoppers.org.
Information can also be provided by using the SRPD Silent Witness tip form available at http://www.srpd.org/tips.