FBI: "Flip-Flop Bandit" wanted in connection to robberies in North Carolina

- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man who's wanted for multiple robberies in North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. 

Authorities said a man, known as the "flip-flop bandit" entered various banks between 2015 and 2016, typically handing the teller a note demanding cash. 

The suspect is described as a white male, 6'2" in height, heavyset, with a large build. He was also described as having a large mole on his right cheek. 

The first robbery occurred on August 11, 2015 in Raleigh. The suspect entered the First Citizens Bank on Little Brier Creek, with his arm in a sling, walking with a cane. He slid a demand note to the teller and after receiving money, departed the bank. Police said he used a brown, older-model two-door SUV which appeared to be a Chevrolet Blazer or GMC Jimmy. 

The second robbery happened on February 12, 2016 in Raleigh. He entered a First Citizens Bank on Falls of Neuse Rd. and handed the teller a note, demanding cash. He left the scene in a dark-colored, older model Chevrolet Blazer. 

Days later on February 18, 2016 the man was spotted again at 11:47 a.m. at the NewBridge Bank on Randleman Rd. in Greensboro. He entered the bank and handed the teller note, demanding money. He left the scene in his vehicle. 

On March 11, 2016 the suspect entered a Home Federal Bank of Tennessee on South Mall Road in Knoxville. During the incident, he handed the teller a note, demanding cash. After receiving the money, the robber fled in what was believed to be a dark blue or black 2015 Toyota County Le sedan. Police believe this was a rental car. 

On June 23, 2016 the suspect went to two locations. At 10:37 p.m., a while male matching the description of the "flip-flop bandit" entered the Bank of the Ozarks on Arkansas 5 North in Bryant, Arkansas. Police said he showed the teller a note indicating that he had an explosive device under his shirt. After he was given cash he fled the scene in a dark-colored Chevrolet Trailblazer. 

On the same day at 12:30 p.m. the suspect entered the Petit State Bank on University Blvd. in Morrilton, Arkansas where he showed the teller a note, indicating again that he had an explosive device under his shirt. He left the scene in a dark-colored Chevrolet Trailblazer. 

Police said on July 1, 2016 the suspect went to the Oklahoma Educators Credit Union on Garth Brooks Blvd. in Yukon, Oklahoma. The suspect presented a note indicating he had a bomb. He left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash in a Chevrolet Impala. 

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According to the FBI, this person should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information regarding these incidents you're asked to contact the FBI's Knoxville Office at (865) 544-0751. 

 

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