Johnson City man faces 25 years in prison for Carter Co. Bank robbery

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A Johnson City man who admitted to robbing at gunpoint the Carter County Bank on Milligan Highway could face up to 25 years in prison for armed robbery.  

Jerry Bowman, age 58, is still in federal custody and appeared in a federal courtroom in Greeneville on Thursday. 

Additionally, the Department of Justice says Bowman faces a consecutive mandatory sentence of seven years up to life for the firearms charge. Once he is released from prison, he will be subject to up to five years of supervised release by U.S. Probation. 

Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw told WJHL the suspect, later identified by court documents as Bowman, was taken into custody in Johnson City early Thursday morning. 

Shaw said an observant Johnson City police officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle.  

Court documents indicate a JCPD officer spotted the vehicle in question on Wednesday evening, but it was driven by a woman at the time of the traffic stop. The woman told police she was living with Bowman and he admitted to her that he robbed Capital Bank earlier in the day.  

Officers went on to Bowman’s home, where they arrested him. Police indicated in reports, Bowman admitted to robbing the bank. Police found, during a search of his home, a Springfield, Model XD, .45 caliber pistol. 

The Elizabethton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began looking for Bowman on Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly held up the Carter County Bank located at 1254 Milligan Highway.

Chief Shaw told News Channel 11 the robbery happened around 1:30 PM, when a white man in his late 50’s with a medium build, entered the bank and displayed a handgun. The suspect, later identified as Bowman, reportedly took an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Witnesses say the suspect was wearing a yellow striped shirt, dark baseball hat, sunglasses and a bandana covering his face,

He then drove away in a steel blue Ford Fusion. 

Dale Fair, President and COO of Carter County Bank, released a statement about the robbery:

“All our employees followed procedures and we are grateful no one was harmed. We would like to thank the Elizabethton Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation for their quick and efficient response. The branch will be open regular business hours, Thursday October 18, 2018”.

The robbery remains under investigation by the FBI. 


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