Man robs bank in Kingsport Walmart

Rain Smith • May 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A robber made away with thousands of dollars after threatening to “kill everybody” at a bank inside Walmart.

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday, Kingsport police responded to FSNB, 2500 W. Stone Drive. According to a teller, a white male handed over a manilla envelope and stated, “I need to make a deposit.”

Attached to the envelope was a note indicating that he was robbing the bank, according to Kingsport Police Department records.  The suspect also allegedly said, “I have a gun and I’ll kill everybody.”

The teller emptied her drawer into the envelope, returned it to the robber, and he walked out of the store. Authorities believe the suspect left the parking lot in a vehicle with out-of-state tags.

According to the teller, the suspect had been at FSNB a couple of hours earlier, but “quickly left when she noticed him.” When he returned the second time, he reportedly bounced back and forth between two lines, then waited for customers to clear out before making his demands. 

After the initial response by Kingsport police, the case is now being handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On Tuesday, personnel at the FBI’s Johnson City field office declined to comment on the incident.

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