'Hypnotist Bandit' Linked to Manhattan Beach Bank Robbery

'Hypnotist Bandit' Linked to Manhattan Beach Bank Robbery

Police believe a man known as the “Hypnotist Bandit,” who is alleged to have carried out several bank robberies in May and June of this year, could be the same individual behind a robbery at a Manhattan Beach bank on Friday.

The man got his nickname because he stares at his victim tellers and continues to make eye contact with them throughout the heists, according to a report by NBC 4 in Southern California.

The previous robberies took place on June 3 in South El Monte and Temple City, and on May 7 in Pasadena, according to KTLA 5.

Friday’s robbery occurred at 4:35 p.m. at a Bank of America branch located on 1200 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach. 

The culprit reportedly handed the teller a note which said “this is a robbery” and make it “quick and easy.” He also demanded large bills.

He is described as “either white or Hispanic, between 6-feet-2-inches and 6-feet-4-inches, approximately 30 years old, with a thin build, dark eyes and brown hair. He may have a faded red heart tattoo on one of his hands,” according to NBC.

Police have urged anyone who sees a man who fits the images and description of the “Hypnotist Bandit” to contact the nearest FBI office or dial 911. 

Information regarding bank robbers who are currently wanted by the FBI’s Los Angeles Division can be found at www.labankrobbers.org.