Armed serial bank robber may use explosive device strapped to his waist, witnesses say

FBI and police are searching for this man in connection to a bank robbery on May 23, 2014 and another one on June 2, 2014. (Photo: FBI)

FBI and police are searching for this man in connection to a bank robbery on May 23, 2014 and another one on June 2, 2014. (Photo: FBI)

DENVER — The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday it has partnered up with Denver and Aurora police for an investigation into two bank robberies believed to have been committed by the same person.

According to the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task, the first robbery occurred on May 23 shortly before 2:30 p.m. at the Key Bank at 5225 Leetsdale Dr. in Denver.

The second robbery happened Monday shortly before 2:30 p.m. at Bank of the West at 10401 E. Colfax Ave. in Aurora.

FBI investigators said the suspect entered the bank armed with what appeared to be a machine gun or rifle.

Witnesses told law enforcement there was also a possible explosive device strapped to the suspect’s waist.

He fled the banks in a 1996 to 2001 white Ford Expedition or Explorer.

Authorities described the suspect as a black male, in his 40s, about 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-1 and having a medium build.

He is considered to be armed and dangerous, said FBI, do not approach the suspect and notify police immediately.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.