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Security experts preach safety after robberies at mid-state banks

Posted at 10:28 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 23:56:16-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police lights flashed outside a US Bank in Antioch on Tuesday night, as officers investigates the second attempted armed robbery in six days.

Police said on Tuesday night, Kenneth K. Cathey, 19, approached 25-year-old Tevin Kelly with a gun. According to investigators, Kelly was at the bank's ATM, noticed Cathey approaching, and pulled his own gun. Cathey is currently in the hospital, and officers say he will be arrested when he is released.

Last week, a man attempted to rob a man outside of a Goodlettsville bank. When the customer refused to hand over his money, the suspect, who is still on the run, shot the customer multiple times.

"People who are going to the ATMs or banks need to use more precautions," security expert Shannon Freeman said. Freeman is owner of Freeman Protective Services in Nashville. "I recommend going to the ATM, obviously, in broad daylight. If you need to go later, go where there's one that's very populated. At a Walmart or a Kroger, try not to go to an ATM that's isolated."

Freeman said other things you should remember is to be aware of your surroundings when you are at the bank or the ATM, and to park as close to the doors or the ATM as possible. He said even if you take the right steps, things can go wrong. In that case, he said to remember your life is more important than your money.

"Just give them the money and live. that's the most important thing," Freeman said.