FBI agents apprehend alleged elderly bank robber

FBI agents apprehend alleged elderly bank robber

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ALCOA (WATE) - FBI agents have caught a serial bank robber who they believe has hit at least four banks in almost two years.

Officials apprehended 79-year-old Gerald Hytken after he allegedly attempted to rob the BB&T Bank on Associates Boulevard in Alcoa Thursday.

An Alcoa police officer spotted Hytken's getaway vehicle, a 2000 Buick Regal, and pulled over the suspect just a short time later.

Officials believe Hytken may be responsible for other robberies in the region, with the first dating back to January 14, 2011 at the Clayton Bank and Trust Farragut location.

"It was close to closing time. It was a few minutes before six, and the robbery took nine minutes," explained Annie Aceree, who works for the bank.

The FBI says all his robberies were rather violent crimes. He came in with his face covered and holding a gun as the banks were closing.

"He controls the employees, in what you would call a takeover-style robbery where he physically controls the bank tellers in the back, then exits the bank," described Special Agent Michael MacLean, with the Knoxville FBI office.

Interestingly, Hytken is not the first local serial bank robber in a slightly older demographic.

Among others, there's the "Grandpa Bandit" from 2007 and the "Granddad Bandit" from 2010.

Hytken is now facing federal charges for all of the incidents.

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