The Houston FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who is now suspected in at least 5 Houston area bank robberies. The latest occurred at the Wells Fargo located inside the Randall’s Grocery Store located at 11041 Westheimer in Houston, Texas on 12/04/2009. In previous robberies, the robber sported a unique straggly beard with extra long chin hair, earning him the nickname of the “Billy Goat Bandit.” During this most recent robbery, the robber’s chin whiskers were more neatly trimmed.
At about 1:45p.m., the male entered the Randall’s Store and approached the bank located inside the store. He asked for a withdrawal slip and then produced a note from his coat sleeve. He showed the note to the teller which demanded money in a threatening manner. The teller handed him a small amount of money and the robber fled on foot. No getaway vehicle was observed. No one was physically hurt during the robbery.
The “Billy Goat Bandit” is described as a black male, mid-twenties, 5’10”-6’ tall, with an average build. He had a dark complexion and trimmed goatee. He wore a black baseball cap with an unknown design and a black jacket.
The “Billy Goat Bandit” is suspected in at least 4 other Houston area robberies: the Woodforest Bank at 12484 Northwest Freeway on 10/16/2009; the First Convenience Bank at 11701 South Sam Houston Parkway on 10/27/2009; the Primeway Federal Credit Union at 9828 Blackhawk on 11/14/2009; and the Wells Fargo at 1407 South Voss on 11/19/2009.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of the “Billy Goat Bandit”, or any felony suspect. If you have information about this crime, please call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.