$15,000 reward offered for information about armed bank robbery in Miami-Dade County

Man shoots twice into ceiling July 6 at TD Bank branch

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The FBI is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man who robbed a TD Bank branch at gunpoint in Miami-Dade County last month.

The armed robbery was reported at about 11 a.m. July 6 at the TD Bank on Bird Road and Southwest 74th Avenue.

A surveillance image released Wednesday shows the suspected robber without his face covered. 

"Agents got down there and did a good job canvassing the area, and they found some surveillance video that shows the subject getting out of the van, and we get a picture of him without a disguise," Special Agent Justin Fleck said. 

Authorities said the robber, who investigators dubbed the "trigger happy bandit," fired two shots into the ceiling of the bank and ordered employees and customers to the ground.

"We are calling him the trigger happy bandit, because he is quick to get on the trigger and shoot the gun off in the bank," Fleck said. 

A surveillance image shows the robber, who was wearing a hooded jacket and had his face covered, pointing his gun at employees and customers.

Another photo shows him hopping over a counter.

Authorities said no one was injured during the robbery.

A perimeter was established in the area as authorities searched for the robber, who they said got away in a white Zak the Baker van.

The van was recovered by Miami-Dade police at 6300 Manor Lane in South Miami.

The FBI said the robber should be considered armed and dangerous.

"This guy is a danger to society," Fleck said. "He recklessly went into the bank, discharged his firearm into the ceiling and began demanding money like something out off a wild, wild west movie."

Agents said it's unclear whether the same behind is behind other bank robberies in South Florida.

"As far as bank robberies go, the escalation of violence is the highest we have seen this year, and we think it a priority to get this guy off the street," Fleck said. 

Anyone with information about the robber's whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 754-703-2000 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.


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