FBI on the hunt for cowboy hat-wearing bank bandit with hoax bomb

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The FBI is looking for the public’s help identifying a gun-toting bank bandit who on Thursday threatened Chase Bank tellers in Houston with a hoax explosive device.

Just after noon, a man in a cowboy hat and sunglasses entered a J.P. Morgan Chase Bank at 1405 South Voss, where he approached a teller and whipped out a pistol before displaying a device with lights and wires that he claimed was a bomb. 


The would-be robber threatened to detonate the device if tellers did not immediately hand over cash. 

But as it happened, the teller draws were empty so the aspiring bandit left without any loot, the FBI said in a press release. 

Investigators believe the so-called bomb was a hoax, and no one was hurt in the heist. 

The robber was last scene fleeing the scene in a gray 2007 Ford Mustang with a paper plate on the back and a hard plate on the front. He’s described as a 6-foot white man in his mid-50s with a thin build. He may have a tattoo on his right forearm. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. To report tips, call 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the FBI Houston Field Office at (713) 693-5000.


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