Bomb-threatening man robs UT Federal Credit Union on University of Tennessee campus
From Staff Reports
KNOXVILLE — Authorities are seeking a man wearing medical scrubs and a dust mask who robbed the UT Federal Credit Union on the University of Tennessee campus Tuesday morning.
The robbery was one of two credit union holdups in Knoxville Tuesday. A second robbery was reported Tuesday afternoon at the Enrichment Federal Credit Union on Schubert Road.
At about 11:30 a.m., a man entered the UT Federal Credit Union in the University Center at 1502 Cumberland Ave. The subject placed a package on the counter, claiming that it was a bomb, and demanded money from the credit union employees, according to an FBI news release.
After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, the subject fled on foot east on Cumberland Avenue, leaving the suspicious package behind.
Police evacuated the student center while the bomb squad investigated the package. After determining the package to be a hoax device, students were allowed to return by 1:15 p.m.
The suspect is described as a black male in his late 40s to early 50s, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 180 to 190 pounds. He was 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.
The second robbery happened about 4 p.m. when a man entered the EFCU at 5201 Schubert Road, Knoxville, and presented a demand note to the employees. After obtaining an undetermined amount of money, he fled the bank on foot in the direction of the nearby McDonalds. The subject was described as a white male in his late 30s or early 40s, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 300 pounds. He was unshaven with a goatee. He was wearing a dark T-shirt, blue jeans and a tan ball cap over a long brown wig.
Rewards are being offered for information the leads to arrests in both robberies.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville FBI at 865-544-0751 or Knoxville Police Dept. at 865-215-7212.