A man suspected of committing a Knoxville bank robbery Monday afternoon has been arrested in Sevier County.
The Knoxville office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation says a white male entered the Regions Bank located at 7320 Chapman Highway in Knoxville about 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2017 and forcibly grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the bank teller. The suspect fled south on Chapman Highway in a blue Ford Mustang driven by another person.
A short time later in Sevier County, deputies from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and a Sevier County Constable arrested 29-year-old Christopher Wayne Best, of Harriman, in connection with the bank robbery and turned him over to the FBI. He is being held in the Blount County Jail.
The City of Harriman confirmed Best is the son of Mayor Wayne Best.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, comprised of the FBI, Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with KPD Patrol and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, are investigating the bank robbery.
No other information was available.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.