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FBI: Man robbed bank on UT campus with fake bomb

Published On: Aug 27 2013 01:49:53 PM CDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

Knoxville authorities are looking for a man they say robbed the UT Federal Credit Union on the campus of the University of Tennessee earlier today.

The FBI is investigating, along with the UT and Knoxville police departments.

The man pictured above was captured on bank security cameras. Police say he walked in wearing medical scrubs and a dust mask, sat a package on the counter and told the clerk it was a bomb.

He demanded money from the clerk. He was given an undetermined amount and fled on foot, leaving the package behind. A KPD explosives team later discovered the box was not a bomb.

Police are still searching for the man. Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville FBI at 865-544-0751, the University Police Department at 865-974-3114, or KPD at 865-215-7212. A reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest.

The full press release from the Knoxville FBI is as follows:

"The Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Chief Troy Lane of the University of Tennessee (UT) Police Department, and Chief David Rausch of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the UT Federal Credit Union (UTFCU) today, in the University Center, on the UT campus in Knoxville.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on August 26, 2013, a man entered the UTFCU, at 1502 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee. The subject placed a package on the counter, claiming that it was a bomb, and demanded money from the credit union employees. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money from the credit union, the subject fled on foot, east on Cumberland Avenue, leaving the suspicious package behind. The KPD Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team determined the package to be a hoax device.

The subject is described as:
• Black Male
• Age: Late 40’s to early 50’s
• Weight: 180-190 pounds
• Height: 6’ to 6’02”
• Wearing white medical scrubs, consisting of a short sleeved shirt and long pants, with a grey striped polo shirt underneath, black ball cap, a white 3M dust mask, and one blue latex glove.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville FBI at 865-544-0751, the University Police Department at 865-974-3114, or KPD at 865-215-7212. A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of this individual.

This matter is being investigated jointly by the University of Tennessee Police Department, the KPD Major Crimes Unit, and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF), composed of the FBI, KPD, and the KCSO."