Man Forced to Rob Bank as Suspects Held Family Hostage at Gunpoint
A Tennessee family was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to rob a bank, authorities say.
Tanner Harris, his wife and their 5-month-old son were forced into their own car by two masked men. Harris was then forced to rob a SmartBank branch, where he works as first vice president and commercial lending officer, while the men held his family hostage in the car.
The robbers left Harris in the bank parking lot and drove his wife Abbey and their son to an abandoned dirt road about 15 miles away, leaving them in the car unharmed.
Abbey drove until she encountered a group of workers who were laying cable and borrowed a phone to call 911.
The two masked gunmen, described as white men who both spoke English, are still on the loose.
Authorities say that one man was described as thin and between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-2, while the other man was estimated to be between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall with a stocky build.
The FBI is now investigating a possible link between this extortion plot and the kidnapping of a Tennessee credit union CEO’s family three months ago.
Watch the FBI press conference below, via the Knoxville News Sentinel.