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FBI identifies suspect in Knoxville bank robbery

After a short pursuit the suspect is now in custody, officials say.
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 12:46 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the suspect involved in a bank robbery at the Regions Bank located at 707 N. Broadway.

Knoxville Police and FBI Special Agents responded to a reported bank robbery at the Regions Bank shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, officials said.

Investigators identified the suspect as Derrick Thompson, 32.

Thompson allegedly entered the bank and demanded money and car keys from at least one employee before fleeing the scene in a bank employee’s vehicle.

Responding officers say they found the stolen vehicle and initiated a short pursuit of Thompson. KPD officers detained Thompson less than 10 minutes from the initial report.

Thompson is in custody and is being interviewed by FBI agents, officials said. Thompson was charged with one count of bank robbery.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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