Information from WYSH Radio
Law enforcement officials announced Thursday that a suspected serial bank robber was apprehended minutes after allegedly holding up a bank in Alcoa.
Gerald Hytken of Lenoir City, 79, is suspected of robbing four banks in the past two years and is facing federal charges for, among other things, allegedly robbing an Oak Ridge bank last year.
In a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Alcoa and Knoxville police departments and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said that Hytken allegedly walked into the BB&T Bank on Associates Boulevard in Alcoa at around 5:30 pm Thursday, displayed a pistol and demanded money. He fled in a car that was spotted and pulled over a short time later by Alcoa Police officers and taken into custody.
In addition to Thursday’s incident—in which no one was hurt—Hytken is also facing federal charges for allegedly robbing a Knoxville Clayton Bank and Trust in January of 2011, the TNBank branch on the Oak Ridge Turnpike in September of 2011, and a BB&T branch in Knoxville in April of this year.
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