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Search For Bank Robber Crosses State Lines

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 15:40:58-04

A bank robber led law enforcement on a chase across state lines, and is still on the run in Sumner County.

The suspect robbed a bank in Bowling Green, Kentucky at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, and got away with a woman, 53-year-old Colleen Watkins, who waited in a get away van.

They made their way into Sumner County where deputies spotted the van on the 2700 block of Highway 25. They deployed spike strips which hit two tires.

The van came to a stop, allowing deputies to arrest Watkins, but the man jumped out and got away before they could get to him.

Watkins was charged and transported back to Kentucky where she would be booked into jail.

Law enforcement then quickly began their search for the other suspect.

The Metro Nashville Police Department, Gallatin Police Department K9s, Hendersonville Police Department's K9s, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter have been searching for him.

He was last seen wearing a brown shirt in the Cottontown area near Highway 25, which has been reopened after being closed during the search.

Officials have offered to escort anyone living off of Hwy 25 home. Residents can make the request or report information on the suspect by calling the Sumner County Sheriff at 615-452-2616.