Suspected bank robber taken into custody after short chase

10:48 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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A man wanted for bank robbery is now behind bars.

The FBI and Blount County Sheriff's Office say officers took 32-year-old Walter Stephen Lawson, Jr. into custody Tuesday night after a short chase.

He's a suspect in the robbery of the First Choice Community Credit Union on East Broadway in Maryville on January 16. 

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The FBI and the Blount County Sheriff's Office are asking for help finding a man suspected of robbing the First Choice Community Credit Union in Maryville on January 16.

The suspect, Walter Stephen Lawson, Jr., 32, is described as a white male, 5'11", approximately 205 pounds with reddish brown hair and blue eyes. His head may be shaved and covered in tattoos. He also has a tattoo of a spider on his left hand. He may or may not have a beard.

The FBI has issued a federal warrant for bank robbery for Lawson. The sheriff's office has issued a warrant for aggravated burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville FBI office at (865) 544-0751 or the Blount County Sheriff's Office at (865) 273-5001.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to Lawson's arrest.

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