Ringgold bank robbery suspect

The Ringgold Police Department is trying to identify this suspect, who robbed the First Tennessee Bank on Ga. Highway 151 (Alabama Highway) on Tuesday afternoon, April 19.

The Ringgold Police Department is still working to identity a black male who robbed the First Tennessee Bank on Alabama Highway on Tuesday afternoon, April 19.

According to Ringgold Police Chief Dan Bilbrey, the incident occurred at 2:28 p.m. at 5038 Alabama Highway.

Detectives have not disclosed how much money was actually taken during the incident.

It’s also uncertain at this time whether the man was armed.

“He never produced a weapon,” Bilbrey said. “Whether he was armed or not, we don’t know for sure.”

Bilbrey said although the bank’s surveillance cameras snapped a good photo of the suspect, the department still hasn’t made a positive identification.

“We’re getting the photo out there, so we can hopefully get this person identified,” Bilbrey said. “We also don’t have don’t have any vehicle information on the suspect at this time.”

Luckily, none of the five employees in the building at the time were injured during the robbery.

Bilbrey did say the department is waiting to hear back on some of the forensic evidence found at the scene.

“We did get some forensics in the case, and hopefully there will be some findings there,” he said.

Tuesday’s incident was the first bank robbery inside the city since December 2012 when the Catoosa Teacher’s Federal Credit Union on Gateway Business Park Drive was held up for nearly $170,000.

“We had forensics on that one as well, and have three people in prison now for that crime and are looking to indict three co-conspirators,” Bilbrey said.

As for the unknown suspect, the photo shows him to be a lanky, younger black male wearing a black sweatshirt with a black hat with purple writing on it.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery itself is encouraged to contact detective Patrick Mason with the Ringgold Police Department at 706-935-3066.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.