FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force Seeks Identity of the ‘Faceless’ Bandit

Up to $5,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Identification & Arrest


The FBI Boston Division’s Violent Crimes Task Force, Massachusetts State Police, and the Fall River Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an unknown male bank robber allegedly responsible for three armed bank robberies in Fall River, Massachusetts. The ‘Faceless’ Bandit, named for the mask he wore to obscure his face during the robberies, is considered armed and dangerous.

During all three robberies, the ‘Faceless’ Bandit was completely masked, making any attempts to identify him difficult. He wore a black sweatshirt with a large hood and covered his face with black sunglasses, dark ski masks or bandanas. He is believed to be a left-handed male who wears gloves, which are sometimes mismatched. In each robbery, the suspect verbally threatened and showed a weapon while demanding cash before fleeing on foot.

The suspect is alleged to be responsible for the following robberies:

  • September 19, 2017 at approximately 4:15 p.m., Santander Bank, 430 William Canning Blvd., Fall River, Massachusetts
  • October 2, 2017 at approximately 1:02 p.m., Webster Bank, 1450 Plymouth Ave., Fall River, Massachusetts
  • October 23, 2017 at approximately 5:47 p.m., Santander Bank, 430 William Canning Blvd., Fall River, Massachusetts

During his September 19 and October 23 robberies at the same Santander Bank, the suspect revealed a black semi-automatic handgun. On his October 2 robbery, he brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and drew a silver revolver from his waistband before threatening to shoot the teller.

The public is being asked to review photos and surveillance video of the suspect here.

“We’re asking the public to take a close look at this serial bank robber, with the hope that they’ll recognize something about him that will lead to his identification. We want to get him off the streets since he has brandished a handgun in every robbery and threatened to shoot a teller,” said Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “This individual is a serious threat to public safety and if you see him, do not approach, call 911.”

The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the person responsible for these robberies. Anyone with information should call the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force at 857-386-2000 or the Fall River Police Department at 508-676-8511. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.