Suspect in NC bank robberies arrested in TN - FOX Carolina 21

Suspect in NC bank robberies arrested in TN

Posted: Updated: May 1, 2012 05:06 PM
Clyde Nixon (Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office) Clyde Nixon (Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office)
A surveillance photo showing Clyde Nixon at the Raleigh PNC Bank. (FBI Charlotte Division) A surveillance photo showing Clyde Nixon at the Raleigh PNC Bank. (FBI Charlotte Division)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A Swannanoa man named as a suspect in five bank robberies in the Asheville and Raleigh areas that started two months ago was arrested Tuesday morning, according to the FBI.

Federal investigators said that 60-year-old Clyde Allen Nixon was arrested in Kingsport, TN, about 10:30 a.m. after a brief vehicle chase.

Investigators said that the first holdup happened Feb. 9 at the Wells Fargo branch at 900 Smokey Park Hwy. They said a white man held up the bank using a gun.

The second robbery happened Feb. 24 at the RBC Centura branch at 1007 Smokey Park Hwy. in Buncombe County. They said that a white man used a gun to hold up that bank, as well.

Officials said that after the second robbery, investigators from both the Asheville Police Department and the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office began working together to solve the crimes.

On March 30, both the First Citizens Bank at 1375 Patton Ave. and the First Bank at 6 Dogwood Rd. were robbed, investigators said.

The most recent robbery happened April 26 at the PNC Bank at 2412 Wycliff Rd. in Raleigh, investigators said.

Nixon was believed to have a female companion waiting outside the bank during the Raleigh robbery. She is described as a white female, possibly in her mid-30s, with long dark brown or black hair.

Officials said investigators searched a home at 146 Central Ave. on April 4 and found evidence that indicated the same person was responsible for all of the robberies.

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