The FBI is offering a reward of as much as $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a robber dubbed the “Scream Bandit” after a string of armed robberies of gas stations.
The wanted man has eluded law enforcement for more than a year, carrying out robberies in Virginia wearing a mask from the 1996 horror film “Scream,” according to the FBI poster.
Three of the robberies took place in January and February of last year, and three of them occurred last month, the FBI said. All took place in Richmond or nearby Henrico County and North Chesterfield.
“In all the robberies, the suspect wore all black clothing, black or blue gloves, and a ‘scream’ mask,” according to the poster.
The suspect is always armed with a semi-automatic handgun and demands cash from the clerk after handing a bag to the clerk.
The suspect is a black male, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 160-180 pounds, according to the FBI.
In the latest robbery, on January 26, the suspect pushed a gas station clerk before moving behind the counter, flipping the register over and grabbing additional money.
The “Scream Bandit” should be considered to be armed and dangerous, the FBI said.