Three in custody after robbery at West Knox bank

Knoxville (WVLT) - The Knox County Sheriff's Department has not released the names of three robbery suspects captured Wednesday night.

The heist began at the Suntrust Bank in Farragut and ended with a foot pursuit by deputies and K-9s.

Volunteer TV's Liz Tedone has the details.

By the end of the day, all three men had been captured, but the chase went on for several hours as the robbers took refuge in a nearby neighborhood.

Around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, a man walked into this Suntrust Bank on the 11,000 block of Kingston Pike in Farragut. The first suspect walked into bank and claimed he had a bomb rigged to the building. He fled the scene with two other men in a red Nissan pickup truck. That truck was stopped minutes later on Watt Road headed toward the interstate. The driver was caught immediately. Two other suspects, including the bank robber, ran off into the woods. At the time, deputies were going door to door to weed them out.

"But it also does present a hazard to any homeowners in this area. We believe there's high potential they'd run into one of these houses, and that's why we're trying to go through all these residents and make sure for a fact that they're not in there," said Mike MacLean from the knoxville fbi.

They were found shortly before 5pm hiding underneath a deck on Ladyslipper Lane in the Orchid Grove subdivision. K-9s used in the search located the two men. The names of all three men have not been released by the sheriff's department at this time. Knox County, Loudon County and the FBI have all been working the case. No word on any charges either.


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