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'Traveling Bandit' suspected in Johnson City bank robbery arrested in Colorado

Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 25, 2019 at 9:09 PM

A man accused of robbing a bank in Johnson City amid a crime spree across the nation was arrested Thursday in Colorado.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that 49-year-old Jason Lee Robinson of Pikeville, Kentucky, was arrested without incident in Fruita, Colorado.

In Johnson City, the robber walked into Mountain Commerce Bank, 3122 Bristol Highway, about 3 p.m. Jan. 4 and demanded money from a bank employee, police said. 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.

Labeled “The Traveling Bandit,” the same robber struck in Asheville, North Carolina, two days earlier and then Mt. Juliet on Jan. 8. All three robberies were carried out in a similar manner, and surveillance images released by police showed the robbers had similar appearances.

The TBI said Robinson also was the prime suspect in bank robberies in Florida, Alabama, Illinois and Utah.

Various media reported that law enforcement agencies and FBI agents from Denver; Miami; Charlotte, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; and Mobile, Alabama, assisted in Robinson’s capture. Robinson drove a white SUV with Kentucky tags, the FBI reported.

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