Crimetracker: Off-duty cop spots suspected bank robber's car

By: Conroy Delouche Email
By: Conroy Delouche Email

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A suspected bank robber was nabbed after an off-duty Blount Co. Sheriff's Office detective spotted his vehicle in Maryville late Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office said. Walter Lawson was arrested after several deputies and a K-9 converged on the area and tracked him up a steep mountain on Butterfly Gap Road.

“I’m elated this bank robbery is solved, and pleased with the way this joint investigation went,” Sheriff Berrong said. “Our deputies have remained vigilant in their search for Lawson."

Lawson is accused of robbing the First Choice Community Credit Union in Maryville on January 16. Berrong said he appreciated the federal resources, adding that he's proud of the relationship his office has forged with federal agencies.

"It was because of the diligence of the men and women who worked this case that this individual was taken into custody. I’m very proud of our deputies, and very happy this suspect is behind bars.”

Lawson is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

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