Appeal Following Two Armed Robberies
Suspect fled Hounslow's Bank of India with over £12,000
Following two armed robberies at banks in Hounslow and Brent last year detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad have released an image of a man they wish to trace .
During the first incident on 12 February 2018, a male suspect entered the ICICI bank on Ealing Road, HA0 at approximately 16:10hrs. He ordered the staff to stand together whilst suggesting he had a weapon in his pocket.
The alarm was activated and the suspect made off on foot empty-handed.
The second incident took place on 19 January 2018. At approximately 14:40hrs, a male suspect entered the Bank of India on High Street, TW3.
He approached the front counter and handed staff a letter which threatened that he had a bomb.
The suspect then told staff that this was a robbery in progress and demanded cash whilst repeating that he was in possession of a bomb. He then walked into the middle of the reception area and threatened staff with a knife whilst ordering them to hand over cash.
The suspect fled with a bag containing just more than £12,000 in cash. He made off on foot towards Alexandra Road.
Detective Constable Alan Mears, from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “These were violent and brazen robberies carried out in broad daylight on busy high streets.
“The ordeals understandably left the victims terrified and in one case, a substantial amount of cash was stolen.
“The Flying Squad has been working tirelessly to identify the person responsible and I am urging anyone who recognises the man pictured in the images released to contact police.
“I appreciate a significant amount of time has passed since the incidents but there were a lot of people in the area when the robberies took place and I would like to hear from anyone with information that could assist us with our enquiries.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Alan Mears via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
March 21, 2019