FBI asks for help in finding ‘Ho-Hum Bandit’

The FBI is ratcheting up its campaign Saturday to find a bank robber who is so unassuming, and has such plain features, that he has been nicknamed the “Ho-Hum Bandit.”

The FBI today announced a $10,000 reward and asked for the public’s help in pinning down the robber of five San Diego banks, most recently in La Jolla on Thursday.

The robber got his nickname because of his plain features and unassuming manner, FBI spokeswoman April Langwell said.

Citibank is putting up $9,000 in reward money and San Diego County Crime Stoppers the other $1,000, Langwell said.

Langwell said the man hit a Citibank branch on Herschel Avenue in La Jolla about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, when he gave the teller a demand note and claimed to have a concealed pistol.

He also is suspected of robbing Citibank on Broadway Circle in downtown San Diego April 2, Chase Bank on Fifth Avenue west of Balboa Park on March 25, San Diego National Bank on West Washington Street in Hillcrest on March 9 and San Diego National Bank on Rosecrans Avenue on Point Loma on Feb. 27.

The bandit is described as white, possibly in his mid-20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds. He has brown hair, long sideburns, a thin nose, fair complexion and thick-lensed prescription glasses with wide frames.

He has worn faded blue jeans, button-up shirts, and in two cases, a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ball cap that is green in front, white in back, with a red “88" on the front.

Authorities asked anyone with information on the bandit to call the FBI at (858) 565-1255, San Diego police at (619) 531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.