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Accused bank stabber was upset over closed account

William Reed William Reed

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man accused of stabbing a First Tennessee bank employee was upset because his account had recently been closed.

Stabbing suspect William Reed appeared in a Memphis courtroom for the first time Tuesday to face charges for attacking the bank employee, who has not been named.

"It's very alarming that someone would go to that extreme," said Garth Kilburn, who works in the First Tennessee building. "There's no doubt about that."

The incident happened after Reed entered the downtown bank to inquire about his account.  According to investigators, Reed became upset with the employee after he learned his account had been closed.  Soon, a scuffle broke out between Reed and the employee.

According to investigators, Reed stabbed the bank employee with a pair of scissors.  He's then accused of biting a security guard who was trying to break up the altercation.

"You don't know whether he had financial problems," said Anita Atwood, a First Tennessee customer. "You just really don't know.  Nowadays, you have stuff like this happen."

Reed was arrested and the bank employee was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

"I'm very glad they caught him," Kilburn said. "An individual that's willing to stab a bank employee or anybody is concerning for sure."

In court Tuesday, Reed's bond was set at $75,000.

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