Seeking Information on Robbery of Suntrust Bank Branch in Knoxville
|FBI Knoxville January 11, 2010|
Chief Sterling P. Owen, IV of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) and the Knoxville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed a Knoxville bank today.
At approximately 11:40 a.m., a man entered the Suntrust Bank located at 128 Northshore Drive, in Knoxville, Tennessee. After presenting the teller with a demand note and threatening to possess a weapon, the suspect obtained an undetermined amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.
Witnesses described the suspect as a white male in his late 20s to early 30s, with collar length strawberry blond hair, approximately 5’5” to 5’6” tall, with a slim build and weighing approximately 160 pounds. The suspect was wearing a dark shirt, a plaid jacket with a red hood, blue jeans, and tennis shoes.
The suspect may be Phillip Robert Hedrich, age 30, of Knoxville, Tennessee. Hedrich is suspected of robbing the GreenBank located at 10201 Parkside Drive in Knoxville on 01/04/2010. Hedrich may also be the same individual who robbed the Regions Bank located at 7821 Kingston Pike in Knoxville on 12/29/2009.
On 01/07/2010, a federal arrest warrant for bank robbery was obtained in the Eastern District of Tennessee for Phillip Robert Hedrich, age 30, of Knoxville, Tennessee.
A reward is being offered for any information which may lead to Hedrich’s arrest. Anyone with information should contact the Knoxville FBI at 865-544-0751 or KPD at 865-215-7212.
This matter is being investigated jointly by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force (which consists of personnel from the FBI, KPD, and KCSO) and the KPD Major Crimes Unit.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.