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Authorities say a man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston on Tuesday is also believed to have robbed a BB&T Bank in Loudon County less than an hour before. The BB&T robbery occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. According to the FBI, the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. He used the same tactic when he robbed the Bank of America on North Kentucky Street at approximately 3:47 p.m.
Kingston police converged on the bank, but the suspect had already fled. Assistant Chief Gary Nelson said he ran to the Subway parking lot, which is a short distance from the bank, and got into a gold Chevrolet Blazer.
“He had an accomplice, a white female,” Nelson said. “He jumped in the vehicle there, went to North Kentucky Street and headed south.”
Nelson said the suspect made off with $1,900. Witness Delmar Oran said he was leaving the nearby Rocky Top convenience store when he saw the suspect running from the bank. Oran said he chased after the man, but couldn't catch up.
“I almost had him,” Oran said.
Authorities said the white male suspect is in his mid to late 30s, around 5 feet, 9 inches tall and approximately 150 pounds. He has a tattoo on his right hand.
The suspect wore a black t-shirt during the BB&T robbery. He wore a light t-shirt during the Bank of America robbery.
Nelson said the gold Blazer was an early 2000s model with tinted windows. Authorities are asking anyone with information about Tuesday's robberies to contact the Knoxville Division of the FBI at 544-0751, Kingston Police Department at 376-2081 or Loudon Police Department at 408-0412.
Tuesday's Bank of America robbery was the second to occur in Roane County in less than a week. The US Bank in Rockwood was robbed on April 25.
Justin C. Solock, 24, has been charged in that robbery, and is in custody at the Roane County Jail.