Sierra Madre bank robbed at gunpoint by bandit in mask and black hat

Sierra Madre bank takeover robbery
A bank robbery suspect clad in all-white takes over a branch in Sierra Madre at gunpoint

A robber wearing a mask and black hat held up a Sierra Madre bank Wednesday, pepper-spraying three people at gunpoint before fleeing with a bag of money, FBI officials said.

The man clad in a white shirt, white pants, a white mask and a black wide-brimmed hat burst into the Bank of the West on Sierra Madre Boulevard about 1 p.m. and demanded money, Sierra Madre police said.

Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman, said the man threatened tellers with a semi-auto handgun and released pepper spray.

Officials said the bizarre outfit shielded his features during the takeover robbery. He is believed to have fled in a silver or gray car. 


Officials are investigating whether the suspect might be connected to a bank robbery crew that has hit 24 banks in L.A. County since November.

Bank robber enters the branch.
Bank robber enters the branch.
(FBI )

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