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West Knoxville bank robbed by man in drag

No, it wasnít Harry Winston jewelry in Paris, France, but a West Knoxville bank that a lone male dressed in womanís attire robbed prompting an area-wide search.

The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chief Sterling Owen IV of the Knoxville Police Department are asking for the publicís assistance in identifying the individual.

Police reported that at about 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, an individual entered the BB&T Bank at 4611 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville.

Witnesses described the suspect as possibly a black male who was dressed as a woman, approximately 25 to 35 years of age, with a medium build. The suspect was wearing blue hospital scrubs, large sunglasses and a white sweater. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot and was observed entering an older-model, gray, four-door vehicle which was parked in the Ice Chalet parking lot.

Based on witnessesí descriptions, this suspect may be responsible for additional bank robberies that have recently occurred in the Chattanooga area.

A reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of this individual. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the Knoxville Police Department at 865-215-7212.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


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