SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – A suspected bank robber shot by Deputies in Marin County Wednesday after a chase from Novato could be the “Cotton Ball Bandit.”
The shooting happened on the 600 block of Las Gallinas after the suspect crashed and confronted officers with a handgun, said San Rafael police spokesperson Margo Rohrbacher.
The incident began at the Bank of the West at 1313 Grant Ave. in Novato, police said. “A little after 9 this morning, there was a bank robbery up in Novato and a description was put out of the suspect vehicle countywide,” said Rohrbacher. “A Marin County sheriff’s deputy got behind a possible match on a car and when he tried to get the vehicle to stop, the vehicle took off and there was a pursuit on city streets.”
After the suspect was shot he was taken to the hospital for treatment, Rohrbacher said. He is said to be suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are trying to determine if the suspect is a serial bank robber that the FBI knows as the Cotton Ball Bandit. The robber is linked to at least nine robberies in the past year. The robber wore a hat or a beanie with a cotton ball on top in many of those crimes. Most of the hold ups took place on Wednesday mornings, similar to the Novato crime.
“It is a Wednesday. There have been a couple of the days where I think he didn’t strike on a Wednesday, I think it was a Thursday, but again, that’s what we’re looking into,” said Margo Rohrbacher of the San Rafael Police Department.