FBI: "Black Tape Bandit" robs sixth bank, tries for 7th

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) A man dubbed the "Black Tape Bandit" has struck again in West Knoxville.

And police say he might have struck twice if it weren't for the fact that a security guard was on duty at a bank he had already robbed twice.

Knoxville Police and the FBI say they believe the "Black Tape Bandit" attempted to rob the Citizens National Bank inside the Food City on Morrell just after 10:30 a.m.

But police tell us a security guard inside may have detered him and he left the bank.

The "Black tape Bandit" is suspected of robbing that same branch twice in December.

A duffel bag believed to belong to the suspected robber was found behind the store.

Knoxville Police and the FBI believe the "Black Tape Bandit" then robbed the SunTrust Bank inside the Wal-Mart on Walbrook Drive around 11 a.m.

Police say he presented a note and demanded money.

FBI agent Gary Kidder describes the man as white, in his mid-twenties, 5’6” – 5’9” tall. Kidder says he had a medium build, wore a black hooded sweatshirt, oversized black sunglasses.

The suspect description from the scene matches the discription of a robber suspected of robbing five other banks in Knox County since November.

KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk says this suspect also had black electrical tape on his fingers. That's been a trademark of the "Black Tape Bandit."

Police do not have any information on the getaway vehicle.

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