Bank robber threatened staff with knife

Detectives from the Flying Squad have released an image of a man they wish to trace following two armed robberies at banks in Hounslow and Brent last year.

The first incident took place on 19 January 2018. At approximately 2:40pm, a male suspect entered the Bank of India on High Street, TW3.

He approached the front counter and handed staff a letter which threatened that he had a bomb.

The suspect then told staff that this was a robbery in progress and demanded cash while repeating that he was in possession of a bomb. He then walked into the middle of the reception area and threatened staff with a knife while ordering them to hand over cash.

The suspect fled with a bag containing just more than £12,000 in cash. He made off on foot towards Alexandra Road. 

During the second incident on 12 February 2018, a male suspect entered the ICICI bank on Ealing Road, at approximately 4:10pm. He ordered the staff to stand together while intimating he had a weapon in his pocket. The alarm was activated and on this occasion, the suspect made off on foot empty-handed.

Detective Constable Alan Mears, from the Flying Squad, said: “These were violent and brazen robberies carried out in broad daylight on busy high streets.

“The ordeals understandably left the victims terrified and in one case, a substantial amount of cash was stolen.

“The Flying Squad has been working tirelessly to identify the person responsible and I am urging anyone who recognises the man pictured in the images released to contact police.

“I appreciate a significant amount of time has passed since the incidents but there were a lot of people in the area when the robberies took place and I would like to hear from anyone with information that could assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Alan Mears via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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