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Federal Jury Convicts Tennessee Man For Armed Bank Robbery in Asheville

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A federal jury has convicted Paul Gordon Day, 36, of Brentwood, Tennessee, for the armed robbery of a bank in Asheville, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in North Carolina and Interim Chief Michael Lamb of the Asheville Police Department join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents, trial evidence, and witness testimony, on November 9, 2022, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Day entered the PNC Bank branch at 8 O’Henry Avenue, located across the street from the federal courthouse in Asheville. Upon entering the bank, Day walked up to the teller counter, held up a firearm, and demanded money from tellers. According to trial evidence, the tellers complied and gave Day the cash. Unbeknownst to Day, the tellers also included a GPS tracking device concealed within the money. Day then fled the scene on a bicycle.

According to trial evidence, law enforcement tracked the GPS device and determined it was located inside a vehicle traveling on I-26 highway toward Weaverville, North Carolina. Law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and arrested Day, who was the sole driver and occupant of the vehicle. Law enforcement searched the vehicle and recovered the firearm, the stolen cash and GPS tracking device, a bicycle, and numerous articles of clothing worn by Day during the commission of the robbery. 

Today, the jury convicted Day of bank robbery using a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum statutory sentence of 25 years in prison, and possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, which carries a minimum sentence of seven years in prison, consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed. Day will remain in federal custody. A sentencing date has not been set.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the FBI, the Asheville Police Department, and the Weaverville Police Department for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex M. Scott of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated January 10, 2024

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