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Long Beach Bank Robbery Suspect Could Be 'Sports Bike Bandit'

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Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 4:58 PM
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A suspect and two customers were wounded in a shooting at a Long Beach bank Thursday.

The robbery attempt was reported at 10:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of Bellflower Boulevard, said Long Beach police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani. The Farmers & Merchants Bank president told KCAL9 that security video showed that at least one customer tried to tackle the robber and was subsequently shot.

KTLA News reports that two customers tackled a suspect who was wearing motorcycle gear and a helmet, and that one of the pair was wounded when the suspect's gun went off. A bystander might have also been shot during the scuffle. The suspect was also shot, possibly by his own weapon.

None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.

The FBI told KTLA that agents are investigating the possibility that the suspect is the motorcycle-using "Sports Bike Bandit" who pulled off heists in Long Beach, Los Alamitos and Rancho Palos Verdes.

A security guard reportedly held the suspect for police after the shooting. The FBI is investigating whether the alleged robber had hit other banks.

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