FBI releases pics of Ftn. City bank robber

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The FBI has released photographs of the suspect who robbed a bank Wednesday morning in Fountain City.

The unidentified man gave police the slip after robbing the Regions Bank branch at 2901 Essary Road about 10:30 a.m., triggering a large manhunt and prompting a nearby school to go into lockdown, authorities said.

The pictures released today — which appear to have been taken by the bank’s surveillance cameras —  showed the individual walking through the lobby and standing at the front counter.

“Based on the preliminary investigation, a male suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and displayed a firearm while demanding money,” said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland. “The teller complied with those demands and the suspect fled from the bank in a vehicle.”

KPD officers flooded into the area but were unable to find the suspect despite saturating the area, he said.

“Based on witness descriptions and the preliminary investigation, the suspect is a male of unknown race between 5’9” to 6’0” and 200-250 pounds wearing a clear poncho and a dark sweatshirt,” Erland said.

KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk added today that the suspect “was wearing dark-colored pants, shirt, and knit-style cap.”

The make and model of the getaway vehicle wasn’t released.

Central High School, which is located only a couple of blocks away from the bank, went into lockdown when administrators heard about the robbery, according to Principal Andrew Brown.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to lock down and keep students in place until the suspect is apprehended or we have more information,” Brown said in an email sent to parents, students and staff.

The FBI released this picture of the suspect who robbed the Regions Bank on Essary Road on October 6.

Published on October 7, 2021.