D. Adams, 31, of Greenback, is in custody and
charged with the attempted robbery of the BB&T Bank
located at 391 Highway 321 in Lenoir City Friday
According to law enforcement officials, the Loudon
County Sheriff's Department received a tip Thursday
night from a "concerned citizen" that a possible
bank robbery was set to occur the next morning.
Lenoir City Police Chief Don White said the
sheriff's department contacted the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and his department, after which the
LCPD, the sheriff's department and the FBI set up in
the bank's parking lot Friday morning to wait for
FBI Agent Michael MacLean said officers set up a
"static surveillance" around the bank and rolling
surveillance at other potential targets in case
there was an attempt at a different bank.
MacLean said the suspect stuck with his plan and was
observed by officers in the bank's parking lot
wearing a mask, gloves and carrying a gun in his
right hand. That's when the officers moved in and
Adams was arrested "without incident" outside the
BB&T Bank. Members of the FBI Safe Streets Task
Force (SSFT), the Lenoir City Police Department and
the Loudon County Sheriff's Department took part in
the arrest. Adams is now facing federal charges of
Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said his department
took the tip seriously and once the suspect exited
his car with a firearm and a mask it was obvious the
tip had been correct. Guider added he was grateful
law enforcement was able to bring Adams down so
quickly Friday morning and that no one was harmed.
MacLean said law enforcement officials later found a
getaway car which had been reported stolen in Blount
County on Wednesday for this event and Adams' plan
was apparently to switch cars after the robbery. He
also said bank personnel were informed about the
potential threat in advance and that it is protocol
to alert potential victims in such a situation.
Guider said the getaway car contained a cooler of
water to deal with any dye packs in the stolen money
and the back seat was full of cans of gas to
allegedly "burn the vehicle at a later time."
When asked how Adams reacted to having his robbery
attempt thwarted before he even made it into the
bank, MacLean said he "appeared very surprised to
see us." He added that timing was everything in the
apprehension of Adams. "You want him out of the car
and not in the bank," he explained.
Officials said Adams has a criminal record that
includes car jacking and strong armed robbery in
Florida, but this was his first attempt at bank
robbery to their knowledge. White said he believed
Adams had been living in Loudon County for less than
a year and he didn't know why he moved here from
Florida. White cited the cooperation between law
enforcement agencies as being instrumental in
apprehending Adams before anyone was hurt. "It could
have saved lives, it was a very serious situation,"