Knoxville bank robbery suspect caught after running out of gas

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say a bank robbery suspect was arrested in Knox County after his car ran out of gas a mile away from the bank.

Knox County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley says 44-year-old Richard Thomas Wright was arrested Monday afternoon after a sheriff's deputy pulled up to his car on the side of the road.

It began when someone walked into a bank around 2:30 p.m. and gave the teller a note demanding money. Dooley says the man left the bank with the money and drove off.

But Dooley says a deputy came upon Wright's car on the side of the road less than 10 minutes after the robbery.

Wright has been charged with robbery.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 20009854 - local8now.com/a?a=20009854