FBI arrests West Knox bank robbery suspect

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UPDATE: FBI agents found a man matching the description of the robbery suspect hitchhiking along John Sevier Highway Saturday night.

Law enforcement ordered Timothy Sample to drop to the ground at gun point, and he was taken into custody.

The FBI said Sample is being booked into the Knox County Jail on the outstanding bank robbery charge in Kentucky. The investigation into the robbery at the U.T. Federal Credit Union in West Knoxville continues.


FBI Agents and Knoxville Police Investigators have identified a person wanted for questioning in Friday’s robbery of the U.T. Federal Credit Union in West Knoxville. According to the FBI, a man held up the bank around 4:00 p.m.

Agents believe Timothy Sample, also known as Anthony Hill, has information about yesterday’s hold up. Sample is also wanted for a November 2018 bank robbery in Corbin, Kentucky. Knoxville Police found the get-a-way vehicle from that robbery in East Knoxville the day after it happened. Overnight, the FBI found the vehicle used at the U.T. Federal Credit Union on Friday.

Police believe Samples is without transportation at this time and they think he is still in the area. He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see him or have information about his whereabouts, call the police or the FBI’s Knoxville Field Office, (865) 544-0751. You can also submit a tip online at: https://tips.fbi.gov.