Neighbors of Suspected Black Tape Bandit React To Arrest

Knoxville (WVLT) -- In West Knoxville, some folks are stunned to find out their neighbor may be the black tape bandit

Volunteer TV's Lauren Davis spent time today with some of the neighbors.

You would think with security pictures posted all over the local media, the robber couldn't be missed.

But he was, in fact.

Neighbors were surprised when we told them their neighbor was the guy police believe is behind all the recent bank robberies.

We've seen these pictures for weeks.

A man dubbed the black tape bandit, robbing a local bank.

Sandy Ashley says, "From tv face was shown on cameras so why did it take so long to chase em down."

It took so long because no one outside of law enforcement, at least initially, connected these pictures to carver, not even his own neighbor.

Nick Hallens says, "It was crazy it was shock."

Nick Hallens lived directly across from carver and carver's wife and baby for 6 months, and he had no idea.

Hallens talked to carver several times about money problems, but says carver mostly kept to himself.

Hallens says, "It's really scaring me but glad they caught em."

Some neighbors found out last night when they saw police, f-b-i, and deputies surrounding the apartment building.

Ashley Overton says, "We thought it was a drug bust most common thing wouldn't think it'd be a bank robber living over here."

Sandy Ashley woke up this morning to the news her neighbor was being tagged as the black tape bandit.

Ashley says, "I was very very shocked that it was this close to home."

Even after carver's arrest, the neighbors are staying put.

Overton says, "He's gone now so everything should be okay."

But neighbors would like to see more cops on their streets.

Ashley says, "If police here on regular basis will help cut down on wrong doing."

Here is a timeline of the robberies believed to be committed by the so-called Black Tape Bandit.

There were six total robberies beginning November 9th:

NOVEMBER 9
BB&T Branch Bank
Northshore Drive

DEC 10
Citizens National Bank
Food City
Morrell Road

DEC 17
Citizens National Bank
Food City
Morrell Road

DEC 26
Suntrust Bank
Kroger
Middlebrook Pike

JAN 4
Citizens National Bank
Kroger
Northshore Drive

JAN 8
Suntrust Inside Walmart
West Knoxville


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