Police seek man who used fake bomb in Music Row bank robbery

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 7:46pm
Staff reports

The man who robbed a bank with a fake bomb Thursday morning, apparently tried the same hoax not long before and may be responsible for a previous bank robbery.

Metro police and the FBI are working to identify the man, who robbed the 1013 16th Ave. S. Bank of America branch in Music Row at 11:20 a.m. Thursday. Police believe the same man tried to rob the U.S. Post Office at 1109 Woodland Street in Five Points less than an hour earlier.

Police described the suspect as a black man with a stocky athletic build, standing approximately 6-feet-tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. During the Bank of America robbery, he wore a black T-shirt, black jeans, a ball cap and sunglasses.

He fled that scene on foot, running across 16th Avenue South. He’s also considered a suspect in a recent Goodlettsville bank robbery

At the Bank of America, the man placed a device on the bank counter, told the teller it was a bomb and demanded money. When the teller handed over some money, the robber then ran from the bank, leaving the device behind.

The police department’s Hazardous Devices Unit used a robot to determine the device was a hoax.

At the post office, the suspect put a device on the counter, told the postal clerk that it was a bomb and demanded money. But he grabbed the device and fled with nothing after the clerk backed away from the counter.

Police ask anyone recognizing the suspect in surveillance photos from the bank or the post office to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com. Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.