Suspect Identified in East Memphis Bank Robbery

Suspect Identified in East Memphis Bank Robbery

Memphis police have identified the suspect who took his own life after robbing an east Memphis bank Tuesday morning.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Memphis police have identified the suspect who took his own life after robbing an east Memphis bank Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to a robbery at Wells Fargo Bank on the 6400-block of Poplar Ave. around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Bank employees told police an armed man wearing a ski mask had fled on foot with a black plastic bag full of cash.

Witnesses saw the suspect get in a white 2005 Kia Sedona minivan and gave police the license plate number. An officer spotted the minivan headed westbound on Poplar at International and called for backup. When they tried to pull over the suspect at Poplar and I-240 he kept driving northbound on I-240, then pulled over and placed a gun to his head, refusing to get out.

The suspect kept driving and exited onto westbound Walnut Grove, where he crashed into two vehicles at Perkins Extended and hit a utility pole. Police saw the suspect point a gun to his head again and ordered him to surrender, but he fatally shot himself while in the vehicle.

The suspect was later identified as 51-year-old Marvin Amerson.

The two drivers of the vehicles Amerson hit received injuries; one was transported to Baptist East Hospital in non-critical condition, the other driver was treated on the scene by paramedics.

The gun and bag of cash were recovered from the suspect's vehicle.

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