‘Big Man Bandit’ bank robbery suspect arrested in San Mateo

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FBI confirms Daly City man is linked to string of holdups that earned him ‘bandit’ moniker

Gregory Alan Vaughan
A Daly City man was arrested in San Mateo over the weekend and is suspected to be the "Big Man Bandit" the FBI recently alleged was a serial bank robber.


SAN MATEO — An eagle-eyed San Mateo police officer is being credited with the weekend arrest of a Daly City man suspected of being the “Big Man Bandit” linked to at least five Bay Area bank robberies, authorities said.

The FBI confirmed Tuesday that 50-year-old Gregory Alan Vaughan, arrested early Saturday afternoon, is the same man they were seeking and to whom they gave the “big man” nickname with hopes to drum up public awareness.

Around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, a San Mateo officer was driving through the parking lot of the Jockey Club at 2495 South Delaware St. when he spotted a gold Cadillac sedan that matched the description of a getaway vehicle in a number of recent heists, police said.

The vehicle, described in an FBI news release last week as a Cadillac Seville, was linked to a man who robbed a San Jose bank March 15 and robbed two San Mateo banks on March 17 and March 23. The suspect, described as a white man standing 6 feet tall and weighing 300 pounds — hence the “Big Man Bandit” — handed bank tellers a note demanding money and claiming he had a gun. There is no evidence that he actually had a firearm.

In the Saturday encounter, police said the officer called for backup, and a short time later Vaughan was stopped as he walked from the club to the car. Investigators linked Vaughan to five bank robberies based on video surveillance and a statement he later provided to them, police said.

Vaughan was connected to two additional robberies to what was detailed by the FBI: One more in San Mateo and another in Campbell.

Vaughan was booked into the San Mateo County jail on suspicion of second-degree robbery and is being held on $300,000 bail, according to jail records.


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