02/13/2014 03:17 am ET Updated Feb 13, 2014

Cyborg Bandit Busted, Feds Say

The FBI says it has caught the two suspected bandits believed to be responsible for 30 bank robberies in the Seattle area -- and it turns out, they were allegedly committed by the same guy.

The suspect was dubbed the "Cyborg Bandit" and "Elephant Man Bandit" because of his two distinctive disguises. One, a metallic gray mask with a single Cylon-like slit across the top, earned him the "Cyborg" moniker. The other disguise was a cloth or shirt of some kind with eye holes cut out, reminiscent of the head covering once donned by Joseph Merrick, the severely deformed "Elephant Man" of the late 19th century.

After months of investigation and tracking a van believed used in the robberies, the feds realized they were actually searching for one, and not two, suspects. They took him down on Tuesday after he allegedly robbed a Key Bank in north Seattle, according to a news release from the FBI.

The FBI has not yet identified the suspect, saying only that he's a 44-year-old man from Everett, Wash., a town about 30 miles north of Seattle.

On Wednesday, the local blog My Everett News reported a search at the home where the suspect is believed to have lived.

While the suspect is not believed to have shown a weapon during the alleged robberies, bank tellers said in December that he appeared to have a gun in his pants.

Give me all your money,” the Seattle blog Maple Leaf Life quoted one of the tellers as saying. “Give me all your big bills. I know you have more.”

When told there were no more big bills, he took the money and ran.

He's currently being held on $750,000 bail.


Bank Robbing Bandits
Bank Robbing Bandits