Bank robbery suspect quickly apprehended after citizen tip, K9 track

Voncel Tate, 31, Smyrna

Voncel Tate, 31, Smyrna

SPD Officers were able to quickly apprehend a fleeing bank robber following a K9 track after a citizen saw him discard proceeds from the robbery in the downtown area. On Thursday 3/9/17, at approx. 0950 a.m. a suspect entered the Citizen’s Bank located at 5 W Commerce St.  This suspect was wearing a disguise (wig, and glasses) when he approached a teller and demanded money.  The teller complied, turning over an undisclosed amount of USC.  This suspect fled the bank on foot into the downtown Smyrna area. While fleeing the scene, a dye pack hidden with the money exploded inside of his clothing causing the suspect to discard the proceeds from the robbery and begin running away. An alert citizen witnessed this, stayed with the discarded USC and called SPD.  SPD K9 Ronin and his handler arrived quickly on scene and began a track for the Suspect based upon the witness statements.  This K9 track led officers to a shed in the rear of a home in the 100 block of Lincoln St.  Inside of this shed, Officers located clothing covered in dye from the robbery.  Officers found Voncel Tate, 31 of Smyrna hiding in the rafters of the roof of this shed.  Mr. Tate was ordered down from the rafters where he was taken into custody without further incident.  He was transported to SPD where he was charged with Robbery 2nd degree and Wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony.  Mr. Tate was arraigned via video court in JP #2 where he was subsequently committed to the D.O.C. in lieu of $12,000 cash only bond pending a future court hearing.  The SPD would like to commend the brave and alert citizen whose assistance in this investigation led to a quick and safe conclusion.