Andrew Gibson? Bio/Wiki
Officials say a suspected bank robber Andrew Gibson also known as the “Bearded Bandit” was discovered dead on a California beach.
The body of Christopher Andrew Gibson was discovered by a passerby near Stone steps beach in Encinitas early Tuesday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
He was 32 years old.
Bank Robber Found Dead Full Details
Gibson’s cause and manner of death are still being investigated by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday, although it is not being treated as a homicide, according to a spokesperson for the office.
“That one is going to take a while,” spokesman Donnie Ryan said, adding that the toxicology tests could take up to 45 days to complete. According to Ryan, it’s unknown where Gibson was staying at the time. According to the county medical examiner’s office, his family had been informed of his death.
Lt. Daniel Vengler of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department told the Union-Tribune on Tuesday that the man’s body had “washed up” on the beach between South El Portal Street and Neptune Avenue.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, he was nicknamed the “Bearded Bandit” by investigators because of his shaggy facial hair during the first two heists.
Gibson allegedly held up the first bank in San Diego just hours after being released from a San Diego County detention center on unrelated charges, according to prosecutors.
Gibson admitted to robbing three banks in San Diego County of more than $7,600 in late 2014. Gibson told a bank employee, “I know your training,” in a paraphrased demand note before fleeing with more than $1,400, according to court records.
“No dye packs. No GPS devices. I want $4,567. Hurry cause I’m not waiting all day.”
Gibson robbed the second bank in Vista a week later, making off with $2,240. Authorities say he then robbed another Chase Bank in Vista in November 2014, taking around $4,000 in cash.
Gibson was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for the robberies in 2015, according to prosecutors. Since his arrest in November 2014, he had been held in prison.
Gibson was charged with eluding authorities after failing to return to a halfway house after being released from jail in December 2019. According to the Union-Tribune, he was sentenced to ten months in jail in January 2020.