[UPDATED with Arrest of Joseph William Kipp:] Who Would Win in a Staring Contest: the “Stare Down Bandit” or the “No Band Bandit”?

UPDATE, OCT. 7, 11:50 A.M.: The FBI has arrested the man they believe to be the “No Band Bandit” shown at right.

He is Joseph William Kipp, 52, of Anaheim.

Kipp is accused of robbing US Bank branches in Hacienda Heights and Santa Ana, showing a teller a gun in the latter job, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.


Who do you think would win in a staring contest: the “Stare Down Bandit” or the “No Band Bandit”?

Those are the nicknames of two bank robbers that have hit tellers in Orange County and elsewhere.

And now, the tale of the tape:


He's described as Asian, possibly of Filipino descent or biracial; age 45 to 60; 5-foot-4, 145 lbs., with a thin build, a dark
complexion and decaying teeth. He's been dubbed “the Stare Down Bandit” because the “suspect
stared at the victim teller for a long while before leaving the bank,”
according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

SDB apparently struck out trying to rob a US Bank in Huntington Beach Monday, but on the same day he struck a Bank of America in Irvine and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. In both cases, he presented a note and made verbal demands for cash and fled on foot. He was not seen getting into any vehicle in the area of each heist.


He's pegged as a Latino or Anglo; ages 45 to 55; 5-foot-8 or '9; and 170-180 lbs. He's blamed for robberies of US Bank branches in Santa Ana and Hacienda Heights. “In both robberies, he demanded cash without
bands,” Eimiller said in explaining his nickname. “He specifically said he
didn't want cash with bands on it.”

In the Santa Ana job, which was two months ago, NBB showed a bank employee a weapon in his waistband before he was handed cash. But in Wednesday's Hacienda Heights robbery, the teller saw no weapon.

Anyone with information on either of these fellows is asked to contact the FBI at 888.226.8443.

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