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FBI and KCSO seek bank robber

The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank.

At about 9:15 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, a man entered the First Tennessee Bank at 10606 Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville and presented a device that bank employees believed to be an explosive device.

Witnesses described the suspect as a black male, late 20s to early 30s, medium complexion, large build, between 6-foot and 6-foot-3-inches tall.

The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a dark, (possibly black) hooded sweatshirt with white writing on the front, and a two-toned baseball cap with a white bill and front, and a darker color on the back.

The cap also had a logo on the front. Suspect had a closely-trimmed thin beard, possibly a goatee, and was wearing large, silver, aviator style sunglasses with reflective, mirrored lenses.

After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the suspect left the scene on foot.

However, witnesses did observe a possible get-away vehicle, a small, gray pickup truck.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of this individual.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or KCSO at 865-215-2243.

This matter is being investigated by the FBI SSTF and KCSO Major Crimes Unit.

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


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