Feds searching for NYC's elusive 'Holiday Bandit'
One of the FBI’s most wanted men is good at giving agents the slip – evading authorities again after hitting up a second bank in the city this week and his seventh in just two months.
“We’re really looking for the public’s help,” FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald pleaded Thursday.
The robber is identified as 35-year-old Marat Mikhaylich, nicknamed the “Holiday Bandit” because he started his heists in December. Since then, he’s allegedly made off with more than $50,000, Donald said.
His latest job was knocking off the Investors Savings Bank in Astoria at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The 6-foot 5 Mikhaylich, a native of the Ukraine, allegedly brandished a gun and slipped a note to a teller demanding money. No one was harmed and he made off by foot, authorities said.
He is also suspected of robbing a bank in Brooklyn on Sunday, and has previously hit up Staten Island and Long Island City, according to authorities. The feds say he's becoming more "aggressive."
With his quick getaways, Mikhaylich reportedly holds the city record for the most armed robberies since 2009.
The feds are offering a reward; anyone with information can call 212-384-1000.