Suspect fires shots after robbing Memphis bank

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A bank robber is on the run after he held up a bank at gunpoint Friday morning and fired off several shots, investigators said.

Investigators said the suspect walked into the Suntrust Bank at Elvis Presley and Gateway shortly before noon, shading his face with a hooded sweatshirt.

"(The suspect) entered the bank, indicated a weapon, and demanded cash," said Lt. Preston Morton of the Memphis Police Department.

The teller quickly gave in, and the robber ran out of the bank with the money.

"He left the building, going back eastbound on Gateway," Morton said.

A block away on Gateway, investigators found a trail, in the form of three shell casings fired by the robber.  Why he shot his gun, and a who, remains a mystery.

"Shots were fired into the air," Morton said. "At this time, that's the information we have."

No one was injured in the shooting, but nerves were rattled.  Edward Maryweather was concerned about his fiance, who works at the bank.  For him, the robbery was way too close for comfort.

"It's not a pleasant phone call," he said. "You don't know what's happening. You don't know if they got hurt or what."

The bank closed temporarily while investigators worked to track down the robber.

"He was last seen getting into a burgundy-colored vehicle and exiting the area," Morton said.

It later re-opened, but the suspect remains at large.

If you have information that could help police with their investigation, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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