Knife-wielding serial bank robbery suspect arrested 

A New York City man suspected of holding a knife to the throats of bank customers in the Financial District was arrested Wednesday after allegedly committing a fifth bank robbery, according to police.

Jason Dunlap, 35, was arrested after a robbery happened at Borel Private Bank and Trust Co., 433 California St., about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Dunlap is suspected of jumping over the counter and holding a knife to a bank teller’s throat while ordering another teller to give him all the money in a drawer. Both women complied with the demands and he escaped, according to police.

“He pretty much took a bank teller hostage [Wednesday] and held a knife to her throat,” Inspector Phillip Wong said Thursday.

Acting on several tips that came in after police released pictures of the suspect, officers were able to track down Dunlap’s vehicle and make an arrest, Wong said.

According to police, the previous robberies happened March 22 at the Citibank at 1801 Van Ness Ave.; March 24 at the East West Bank at 743 Washington St.; April 2 at the Wells Fargo Bank at 1160 Grant Ave.; and Monday at the City National Bank at 150 California St. A knife was not used in the March 22 incident.

The man didn’t verbally threaten the victims’ lives, but he did hold a knife close to them. One victim was a 90-year-old woman. Another man held at knife point was slightly injured.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com

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