FBI seeks details on bank robber

April 23, 2006

The FBI's Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking help in identifying a man they dubbed "Speed Racer," who is suspected of robbing banks in the Baltimore area. The nickname is related to a pair of robberies he is believed to have committed within minutes of each other last May.

The first of those robberies occurred at 11:19 a.m. on May 9 at the American Bank on Ridge Road in Ellicott City. About 15 minutes later, the same man is believed to have robbed a Hopkins Federal Credit Union in Baltimore County, according to FBI officials.

Federal investigators suspect that the man has been robbing banks for more than a year, starting with an April 14, 2005, robbery in Fullerton. Other robberies that investigators believe this man committed include those at the Provident Bank in Abingdon on Feb. 8 and the American Bank in Ellicott City on April 15.

The FBI described the suspect as a man in his late 30s or 40s with facial hair, between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 200 to 230 pounds. He has worn a hat during the robberies and has demanded money while implying he has a weapon.

A reward of up to $8,500 is available for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Baltimore FBI division at 410-265-8080.

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