Armed ATM Bandit Hits South Bay

Man strikes same bank twice within days

By Jessica Greene
|  Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 11:39 AM PDT
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Several people have been robbed while using a Chase ATM in San Jose.

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Using an ATM can be a very convenient experience but for two women in the South Bay over the past couple months, a quick cash withdrawal became terrifying.

San Jose police say a man armed with a knife snuck up behind the women on two seperate occasions inside an ATM area of the Chase Bank on Capitol Expressway just days apart, robbed them, then ran away.

The first attack happened on Aug. 28 at about 6:40 a.m. Police say the man approached a 40-year-old woman from behind as she was using the ATM, wrapped his arm around her neck and threatened her with a knife. He robbed the woman then ran away.

Then, on Sept. 2, police say the same man walked up behind a 43-year-old woman at the same cash machine just after midnight and did the same thing -- wrapped his arm around her neck and demanded cash. Only this time, the brazen bandit didn't have a knife. He knocked the woman down and ran away without getting any money.

The bank's surveillance camera captured images of the two attacks. The man is described as black with a thin build, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall. He may have a mustache and dreadlocks and was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket, black pants, and black shoes.

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