FBI Connects Two Knox Co. Bank Robberies; IDs Suspects

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- The FBI says they know who they are looking for in connection with two West Knox County bank robberies.

Now they need your help to find them.

FBI Spokesperson Gary Kidder say tips from the public helped FBI agents identify the robbers.

They identify them as Roy Lester, 40, and Deanna Combs, 35.

Kidder says Lester is the suspect in a robbery of the Community South Bank on Kingston Pike on Wednesday October 17th.

In that robbery, the suspect was wearing a white dress shirt, black dress pants, a red tie and red suspenders.

But police believe Lester changed clothes and shaved his head in a nearby restaurant.

A concerned employee called police, and deputies found a bag of clothes matching the description of the bank robber and hair clippings in the trash.

Deputies believe Combs is the robber of the First Tennessee Bank on Parkside Drive on Saturday, October 20th.

Kidder says both suspects show Knoxville addresses.

The FBI says Knox County deputies have secured warrants for the suspects.

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

The public is reminded not to approach these individuals, but to contact law enforcement.

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