HAYWARD -- Police are seeking the public's help in solving two Hayward bank robberies that took place less than two miles away from one another and within about three hours of each another.

In one of the bank heists, a suspect threatened to blow up the bank.

The first robbery took place Friday at 1:57 p.m. at the US Bank branch at 27400 Hesperian Blvd., Lt. Mark Stuart said. Witnesses told police the suspect entered the bank, demanded cash and threatened to detonate an explosive device.

Police said witnesses told officers they did not see the device, but did say the teller complied with the suspect's demands and he made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect in that robbery was described as a white or Hispanic male, 35-40 years old with a dark completion and bad acne. He wore a black Giants hooded sweatshirt and plaid shorts.

Then at 5:11 p.m. another suspect entered the California Bank and Trust bank at 785 Southland Dr., Stuart said. During that bank robbery, police say the suspect gave a teller a demand note and a plastic bag for money.

The suspect then ran out of the bank, got into an older model compact white Honda or Toyota and drove off in an unknown direction.

That suspect was described as a Hispanic male with a medium build, 5 feet 6 inches, with brown hair and a mustache. He wore a BB cap, dark sunglasses and a black jacket.


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No one was injured in either bank heist.

On Thursday, Stuart said it doesn't appear the bank heists are related and said both robberies remained under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the attack is asked to call police at 510-293-7000.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.