Woman robs bank, walks away

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - While a security guard directed customers elsewhere, business at First Tennessee's Lamar Avenue branch came to a standstill Thursday morning after the bank was robbed by a woman Thursday just after opening.

Investigators said the woman, who has not been identified, went inside and verbally threatened a teller, making off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Soon after, the woman was taken into custody, perhaps because she did not have a getaway plan - or a getaway car.

Witnesses said the woman did not appear to be in a hurry.  Leaving the bank on foot, she crossed seven busy lanes of Lamar Avenue traffic to a sidewalk across the street.

Then, she kept walking, making it two doors down before she was apprehended.

"We heard the police siren and we just thought it was someone being pulled over for a ticket," witness Lee Minor said. "We look up and we see about ten cop cars pull in, and get the lady put her to the ground. Put her under arrest."

The woman was unarmed, an no one was hurt, officials said.  Police were able to recover all of the money.

The woman has not been charged, pending a mental evaluation.

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