The "tax day" defense


This surveillance photograph of the suspected bank robber is posted at the SFPD's website.

The San Francisco Police Department has issued a description of a bank robbery suspect who threatened to blow up the Bank of America at 50 California Street, on April 15, aka tax day, if his demands weren't met.

Carrying a black lap top case, the suspect, who is described as "a white male, 6’, 190 lbs., last seen wearing a
baseball cap with “SF” on it, a khaki buttoned shirt, and blue jeans," allegedly "entered the
Bank of America on California Street, at approximately 12:50 P.M, and asked an employee to speak with the manager because he wanted to make a large withdrawal," according to a SFPD press release.

The manager took him to a room, where the suspect allegedly "explained that he worked for an organization that is concerned about government bailouts of corporations."

The suspect, who apparently was smiling throughout, then demanded cash, stating, that unless the manager complied, he would "detonate a bomb that he was carrying with him."

The cash, the suspect explained, “would go to people who deserve it," according to the SFPD.

The manager withdrew a large amount of cash from a vault and gave it to the suspect, who fled the bank on foot.

For more information--or if you have information for the police, call the SFPD's Public Affairs Office at 415.553.1651.