FBI: Man threatened Mesa teller with acid

Posted at 3:48 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 20:36:03-04

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for help identifying a man accused of trying to rob a bank earlier this year.

A release from the FBI says the suspect entered the Wells Fargo branch near University Drive and Gilbert Road around noon on January 27, 2016.

The suspect waited in line and when he was called to the teller counter gave the employee a note that demanded money and threatened to spray sulfuric acid on the teller if they did not comply.

The teller ducked under the counter and the suspect left the bank, according to the FBI.

The suspect, described as a man between 5'7" and 5'9" tall and 275 pounds, has gray hair and acne or acne scars on his face. He is believed to be between 55 and 60 years old and authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

He wore a black baseball hat with an unknown design on the front and a fake mustache during the attempted robbery. Surveillance video captured him leaving the bank in a silver or gold Toyota Camry sedan with a temporary paper license plate.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI's Phoenix Field Office at (623) 466-1999.