A 21-year-old Marion man is in custody after being caught fleeing a Monday bank robbery on his bicycle.
James Terrell “J.T.” Bateman is charged with robbing the West Boulevard branch of MidCountry Bank just before 11 a.m. Monday.
Marion Police say Bateman, a black male, was wearing a ski mask and displayed a gun during the robbery.
Police were contacted in time to catch Bateman one mile east of the bank. Bateman abandoned the bike and attempted to flee from police on foot but was captured moments later in the 200 block of East Charles Street by Marion Police and Williamson County Sheriff's Department officers.
“We've never caught a bank robber on such short notice,” said Marion Chief of Police John Eibeck, who has been with the department for 28 years.
Money taken during the robbery was recovered at the time of the arrest; however, the amount taken will not be released until the bank concludes its audit. The Marion Police also activated a K-9 unit and located the suspect’s gun that he discarded during the foot pursuit in the 800 block of N. Madison Street.
Police say Bateman entered the MidCountry Bank at 1702 W. Boulevard St. shortly before 11 a.m., showed the teller a handgun tucked in his waistband and demanded money.
Marion’s Public Safety Director Brian Fisher was credited with spotting the suspect peddling away from the scene of the crime.
Bateman also faces robbery charges in connection with an incident in Carterville earlier this year.