Super Freak Bandit ain't Rick James, bitch

The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has outdone itself this time.

The office known for its clever names for at-large bank robbers has previously given us such memorable monikers as the H1N1 Bandit, the Tom Thumb Bandit, the Band-Aid Bandit and the recently charged Portfolio Bandit.

But these handles can't hold a candle to the Task Force's greatest hit: The Super Freak Bandit, so named because he likes to sport curly wigs. But don't blame the five bank jobs this guy is thought to have committed on former Westword profile subject Rick James. His 2004 death effectively removes him from the list of possible subjects. Get more details from the FBI release below:

The Denver Police Department and the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force responded to a bank robbery which occurred on

Monday, May 24, 2010 at approximately 9:30 am at the

Public Service Credit Union 815 Colorado Blvd. Denver, Colorado

The suspect is described as a black male, 35-45 years of age, 5'10"-6'0", approximately 180 lbs, medium build, wearing a dark hooded jacket, dark sunglasses, and a dark hat.

He is believed to have worn a jheri curl type wig in prior bank robberies. The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has dubbed this bank robber the "Super Freak Bandit."

The suspect enters the banks, points, and loudly orders the tellers around. He approaches multiple tellers in each bank and makes a verbal demand for money. He has threatened a weapon but no weapon has been shown.

He is believed to be responsible for a total of five bank robberies in the Denver metro area:

03/18/10 at 11:15 am, Bank of Choice, 3095 S. Parker Rd. Aurora.

03/24/10 at 9:10 am, UMB Bank, 707 Colorado Blvd. Denver.

04/13/10 at 9:10 am, Bank of Denver, 530 S. Holly St. Denver.

05/13/10 at 9:06 am, TCF Bank, 1710 S. Havana St. Aurora.

05/24/10 at 9:30 am, Public Service Credit Union, 815 Colorado Blvd. Denver

Bank robbery is punishable by a twenty year prison sentence for each offense and increases if a dangerous weapon is used in the commission of the crime.

The FBI continues to provide financial institutions with the best practices for security to make them less vulnerable to robberies.

If anyone has any information on the bank robbery above, or any bank robbery, please call the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force at 303-629-7171; or, you can remain anonymous and earn up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) by calling CRIMESTOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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