A convicted bank robber dubbed the “Bearded Bandit” has been found dead on a California beach, officers stated.
The physique of Christopher Andrew Gibson, 32, was found by a passerby early Tuesday close to Stonesteps beach in Encinitas, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Workplace was nonetheless working Friday to find out Gibson’s trigger and method of dying — however it isn’t being handled as a murder, a spokesman informed The Publish.
“That one’s going to take some time,” spokesman Donnie Ryan stated, including that it may very well be as much as 45 days earlier than vital toxicology exams are accomplished.
It’s unclear the place Gibson had been dwelling on the time, Ryan stated. His household had been notified of his dying, in keeping with the county health worker’s workplace.
San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Daniel Vengler informed the Union-Tribune Tuesday it appeared the person’s physique found on the beach close to South El Portal Avenue and Neptune Avenue had “washed up” onto shore.
Gibson pleaded responsible in 2015 to robbing three San Diego County banks of greater than $7,600 in late 2014.
Investigators dubbed him the “Bearded Bandit” because of the shaggy facial hair he sported in the course of the first two heists, in keeping with the US Legal professional’s Workplace for the Southern District of California.
Prosecutors stated Gibson held up the primary bank in San Diego inside hours of being launched from a San Diego County detention heart on unrelated expenses.
“I do know your coaching,” Gibson informed a bank worker in a paraphrased demand notice earlier than making off with greater than $1,400, courtroom paperwork present. “No dye packs. No GPS gadgets. I would like $4,567. Hurry trigger I’m not ready all day.”
Every week later, Gibson robbed a second bank in Vista, getting away with $2,240. He then robbed one other Chase Bank in Vista in November 2014, taking roughly $4,000, authorities stated.
In 2015, Gibson was sentenced to just about six years in jail for the robberies, prosecutors stated. He had been in custody since his November 2014 arrest.
After being launched from jail, Gibson was charged with escape for not reporting again to a midway home in December 2019. He was sentenced in January 2020 to 10 months in jail, the Union-Tribune reported.