Johnson City bank robber suspected in Middle Tennessee heist

Johnson City Press • Jan 8, 2019 at 10:10 PM

Authorities said the man who robbed a Middle Tennessee bank Tuesday is the same man who robbed a Johnson City bank, as well as one in Asheville, North Carolina, last week.

The Lebanon Democrat reported that the man walked into the US Bank on Pleasant Grove Road in Mt. Juliet around 12:50 p.m. He handed the teller a note demanding an undisclosed amount of cash and told the teller that he was armed with a gun. The man fled the bank on foot, and Mt. Juliet Police responded after a bank employee called 911. No one was injured in the robbery.

Police said the man was targeting banks along interstate corridors. He is suspected of robbing the Johnson City bank on Friday and the Asheville bank on Jan. 2. All three robberies were carried out in a similar manner, and surveillance images released by police showed the robbers had similar appearances.

In Johnson City, the robber walked into Mountain Commerce Bank, 3122 Bristol Highway, at 3 p.m. Friday and demanded money from a bank employee. The man was wearing a black ball cap, a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, athletic shoes and glasses. He was described as white, 35 to 45 years old with a medium build and a gray goatee.


Johnson City police ask anyone with information to contact investigators at 423-434-6166 or make an anonymous tip on the Crime Stoppers hotline at 423-434-6158, text “423JCPD” and your tip to 847411 or visit www.citizenobserver.com.

In Tuesday’s robbery, detectives with Mt. Juliet’s Criminal Investigative Division and Federal Bureau of Investigation were conducting a joint investigation.

The FBI’s Memphis Field Office can also be reached at (901) 747-4300 or online at tips.fbi.gov.

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