‘Soul Patch Bandit’ strikes in West End, $10,000 reward offered

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — It appears the bank robber dubbed the ‘Soul Patch Bandit’ has struck again.

Police in Henrico report a man who fit the description of a bank robber tied to at least four other crimes robbed the Wells Fargo at the Gayton Crossing shopping center Monday afternoon.

The robber walked into the bank and handed the teller a note that indicated he might have a weapon.

The teller handed over money and the robber got away.

Police believe the robber is the same man who robbed the Union First Mark Bank inside of Martin’s located at 3107 Boulevard in Colonial Heights last week. After that robbery, the FBI dubbed the robber the “Soul Patch Bandit” because of his facial hair.

The FBI has also announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the “Soul-Patch Bandit.”

Investigators believe the suspect is responsible for the following robberies:

  • October 18, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 80 block of South Airport Drive in Henrico, VA
  • October 28, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 8100 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville, VA
  • October 29, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 5600 block of Brook Road in Henrico, VA
  • November 7, 2016 – Union Bank & Trust in the 3100 block of Boulevard in Colonial Heights, VA
  • November 14, 2016 – Wells Fargo Bank in the 1300 block of Gaskins Road in Henrico, VA

The suspect is described as approximately 6’ to 6’3”, average to thin build, wearing black rim prescription glasses and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information on this crime contact the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Crime Solvers at 804-748-0600, the Colonial Heights Police Department at 804-520-9300, or the FBI field office at 804-261-1044.

This is a developing story.