Deputies confirmed they captured a suspect involved in an armed bank robbery.
The incident happened Friday afternoon at Wilson Bank and Trust on Stewarts Ferry Pike.
A man, identified as 37-year-old Matthew Jones, allegedly entered the bank Friday, demanded money, and threw a suspicious device on the counter before fleeing from the scene in an older model white vehicle.
Authorities cleared the building, and employees and bank patrons were safely evacuated. The bomb squad was called in to investigate. The device was later determined to be a fake device built to look like a bomb.
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Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities confirmed they had taken Jones into custody.
According to those on scene, a fake emergency call was made Friday and authorities responded to Suggs Creek General Store. While officials were responding to that call, the bank robbery took place.
Authorities said a Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officer spotted the vehicle Jones had been driving abandoned in Cedars of Lebanon.
After tracking down several people who know Jones, authorities found him in a room at the Super 8 Motel in Hermitage and took him into custody.
“We appreciate the cooperation of all agencies involved in apprehending the suspect,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “Because of all the help from the public and good investigative tactics by all agencies involved, we were able to take this suspect off the streets without anyone getting hurt. We sincerely thank everyone for their part in this case.”
Jones has been charged with aggravated robbery. He's expected to appear in court May 10.