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Craig Fine Charged With Armed Robbery of First Tennessee Bank

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On March 8, 2018, Craig, Fine, 48, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with armed bank robbery and brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. Fine appeared in U.S District Court on March 9, 2018, before the Honorable H. Bruce Guyton, U.S. Magistrate Judge.  He will remain in custody pending a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m., on March 22, 2018, in U.S. District Court.  

Details of the robbery can be found in the criminal complaint and supporting affidavit on file with the U.S. District Court.  According to the affidavit, on March 6, 2018, Fine entered the First Tennessee Bank on Merchants Drive in Knoxville with a firearm and demanded money from the bank teller.  During the incident, Fine discharged a firearm.  Additionally, he pointed the firearm directly at the victim teller and customers inside the bank.  Before leaving the bank, Fine also claimed to have a pipe bomb.

Through investigative efforts as well an anonymous tip to law enforcement, officers located and arrested Fine on March 8, 2018.  Details surrounding the arrest of Fine can also be found in the affidavit on file with U.S. District Court.

This case was the result of an investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which consists of FBI Special Agents, Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Knoxville Police Department Officers. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly A. Norris will represent the United States in court proceedings.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.



Sharry Dedman-Beard
Public Affairs Officer

Updated March 9, 2018

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