UPDATE: Knoxville Police arrest suspect of two bank robberies

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Knoxville Police officers arrest Michael Arias along Interstate 40 on Friday, Oct. 30. Arias is suspected of robbing the Home Federal Bank on Chapman Highway and the United Community Bank on Kingston Pike.

UPDATE (Friday, Oct. 30 6:10 p.m.) — An Oak Ridge man is facing charges after robbing a Knoxville Bank on Friday and is suspected in another robbery that occurred earlier in the week.

Knoxville Police took 48-year-old Michael Arias, into custody after a car chase on Interstate 40 near Rutledge Pike.

KPD officers responded to a call around 2 p.m. of a bank robbery at the Home Federal Bank at 4444 Chapman Highway. According to bank staff, an unknown male approached the counter and presented a note demanding money. Bank employees complied with the demand and the suspect fled the business in a green Dodge Neon. 

The suspect’s vehicle was found a short time later on Magnolia Avenue at Cherry Street, but he refused to stop for officers as they attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect continued to flee until the vehicle came to a stop on I-40.

Knoxville Police say charges against Arias are pending, who is also believed to be the suspect from the Wednesday robbery at United Community Bank on Kingston Pike. 

The investigation remains ongoing at this time. 

EARLIER:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigators and special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for a suspect believed to be involved in a robbery at the United Community Bank on Kingston Pike.

According to the FBI, just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect entered the bank, located at 10514 Kingston Pike, and presented a note to a teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed during the robbery. The suspect then fled from the bank with an undetermined amount of cash.

Investigators say the suspect was described as a Hispanic male wearing a red sweatshirt with “NIKE” written on the front. He was wearing a dark baseball style hat with the logo of what appeared to be a large cat, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.

If you know this person or have any information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call the FBI at 865-544-0751 or the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 865-215-2243.

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