Police believe Johnson City bank robber also robbed Asheville bank


Investigators believe the man who robbed a Johnson City bank is the same person who recently held up a bank in North Carolina. 

According to Johnson City police, a man walked into Mountain Commerce Bank on Friday and demanded money from a register. He was last seen running south from the bank through a nearby parking lot. 

JCPD Sergeant Mike Adams says investigators have now connected the man to another robbery that happened in Asheville on Wednesday at a SunTrust Bank.

Asheville police say the man handed a teller a note that demanded money and suggested he had a gun. The robber then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Sgt. Adams says investigators are concerned they may have a serial bank robber on their hands. 

Adams tells News Channel 11 that JCPD is working with the local FBI office to catch the robber. He says they have not identified the man, but have identified a couple persons of interest. 

The robber is described as a white male between 35 and 45 years-old with a gray goatee. He was wearing a black ball cap, gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, athletic shoes, and eyeglasses when he robbed the bank in Johnson City. 

Surveillance photos show the man wearing similar attire during the Asheville robbery. 

JCPD is asking anyone with information about the case to call the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 423-434-6166. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 423-434-6158 or through citizenobserver.com

Previous story: Johnson City police search for Mountain Commerce Bank robbery suspect

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