Butler Police Say Suspect Acted Alone

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The investigation into the armed robbery and subsequent high-speed chase through the streets of Choctaw and Lauderdale counties has now been handed over to the FBI.

But local authorities said they have worked to put the pieces together, and solidify the case against Tommy Keene.

"There was a woman that walked out of the bank before he did," said Butler Police Chief Reginald McGrew. "Naturally, everybody assumed she got in the vehicle with him."

Authorities spent Monday evening trying to locate this woman. It was thought she might have bailed out of the car on a rural road in Lauderdale County. Surveillance video of the suspect driving up to and away from the bank offered the information authorities needed.

"We went back and reviewed the video, and there wasn't anybody else there with him," said McGrew. "And so there isn't a female missing."

Once the chase ended, with a dangerous wreck at the Intersection of Dale Drive and Highway 45 in Marion, Keene was airlifted to the University Medical Center in Jackson. His injuries are numerous. The chief said he had broken arms and legs, as well as head injuries.

The FBI will conduct more interviews, including the suspect's family members, and bank personnel.

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