|Police are searching for an unidentified suspect who attempted to shoot a 57-year-old man during a botched robbery Saturday morning outside of Regions Bank on Old Fort Parkway.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male who was wearing a white motorcycle helmet and dark-colored clothing. It is believed he may have fled the scene in a black SUV, which was possibly parked in an adjacent parking lot at the time of the incident, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.
The victim told police that he arrived at the bank at about 7:30 a.m. and was in the process of retrieving money from the ATM machine, while sitting in his car, when a man carrying a rifle approached.
“At this time the (suspect) yelled at him, ‘Give me all your money,’” MPD Officer Frank Hernandez reported. “(The victim) stated he accelerated the vehicle and heard two shots. (He) drove back around and noticed a black SUV leaving from behind a business next to the bank.”
No one was injured during the incident, and the suspect did not succeed in taking any money from the victim.
Police located two shell casings in the vicinity of the ATM machine, at which point MPD Detective John Singleton was dispatched to the scene to take over the investigation.
Officials have not released further information regarding a possible suspect.
However, police do not believe this incident is connected to any of the ATM robberies that occurred a few months ago.
“The other cases were solved and arrests made,” said Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Police Department.
Evans said the Police Department has not increased the number of officers assigned to patrol the area, however he noted that there will be more law enforcement officials monitoring shopping centers during the holidays.
“The Police Department increases patrols in marked and unmarked units, as well as bike patrols in shopping areas,” Evans said, referring to the upcoming holiday shopping season.
Although residents should not be overly alarmed, he said people should remain vigilant while conducting transactions at an ATM machine.
“If you go to an ATM, use one that is a drive-up or one inside a building,” he said. “Keep your car in gear and be aware of your surroundings, (and) always report suspicious behavior.”
Anyone with information about the suspect should call the MPD Criminal Investigation Division at 615-893-2717 or CrimeStoppers at 893-STOP (7867).