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Task force announces arrest of 'Cyborg'/'Elephant Man' Bandit
The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force arrested a 44-year-old North Everett man believed to be both the "Cyborg Bandit" and "Elephant Man Bandit" Tuesday afternoon after allegedly catching him in the act of his latest bank robbery in Seattle's University District.
Nicknamed the "Cyborg Bandit" for a distinctive cloth he wears over his face during the commission of robberies, and also wears a hooded sweatshirt and clear, latex gloves and the "Elephant Man Bandit" for wearing a shirt with eye holes over his head for others, the suspect is believed to have been responsible for as many as 30 bank robberies in King and Snohomish counties. He is believed to have robbed a Key Bank and Wells Fargo branch in Bellevue in September and December, respectively.
A news release states the Everett man was caught allegedly robbing the Key Bank on 25th Avenue Northeast around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after task force investigators identified a "lone, white male" in a van suspected to have been used by the bandit allegedly driving around the bank two hours prior, possibly conducting surveillance. The man was allegedly observed putting on a mask and entering the building. The bank reported the robbery and officers were waiting outside when he exited the building.
A search warrant was served on the alleged bandit's North Everett residence where authorities report sufficient evidence was collected to proceed with their investigation. The man is not being identified currently as he has not been formally charged.