Men who held up a Newport, Tenn., bank Wednesday are likely the two who robbed SunTrust Bank at 1430 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville on Dec. 11, the FBI said Thursday.
The FBI and the Newport Police Department are investigating an armed robbery of the Tennessee State Bank at 107 Epley Road in Newport.
Two men, one armed with an assault type rifle, entered the bank demanding money, the FBI said. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the tellers, the two are believed to have fled in a silver SUV.
Two white men in their late 40s, each weighing about 200 pounds, robbed the bank at 1430 Thompson Bridge Road in Gainesville at about 5 p.m. Dec. 11, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Cpl. Joe Britte said.
One of the men had an assault rifle, he added. That suspect was wearing a red baseball cap, black jacket, light blue jeans and had a salt-and-pepper-colored beard.
The other man, carrying a white plastic bag with the money, was wearing a black skull cap, black sunglasses, a black The North Face jacket, white gloves and light blue jeans.
The descriptions were obtained from bank surveillance footage, Britte said.
The suspects in the Newport robbery also were described as two white men by the FBI. One was described as 5-foot-10 to 6-foot tall, with a slender build, wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt, dark pants, dark gloves and dark toboggan and armed with a black rifle. The other was described as 5-foot-8, with a medium build, wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants, gray gloves and a dark toboggan.
“These individuals are violent and we consider them armed and dangerous,” FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said after the Gainesville robbery. “They came into the bank with a very assault-type weapon, high-capacity high-velocity-type weapon — very distinctive, someone should be able to recognize that weapon as well.”