Bank Robbery

A small stack of cash represents just one of the many bigger ones that was stolen from a Collinsville bank.

Around 9:20 Thursday morning, Union Planters officials say the suspect walked into the bank, presented a note to the teller, and took off with loads of cash. Once outside, the bank investigators say the suspect took off down Highway 19 South, where thanks to a tip from a caller, deputies spotted the suspect's vehicle.

It was at this point that a high-speed chase took place on Highway 80 West. At points, officials say it exceeded 100 miles an hour. It was on Highway 80 West near Lost Gap where the chase ultimately ended.

"He made a left hand turn off of the road, trying to go up this pipe line," said Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie. "He could not make it up the hill, at which point he backed the vehicle into a wooded area, exited the vehicle, and headed back in the East area toward Meridian."

Once out of the vehicle, investigators say the suspect took off over an open stretch of land and made it into a wooded area. Once inside, he was met by a surprise.

It was there that, less than 15 minutes after authorities received the robbery call, he was taken into custody. Although, we're told that the suspect tried to bite authorities, in the end no one was seriously injured.

The suspect is 44-year-old David L. Jackson from Detroit, Michigan. Authorities say an investigation is underway to see if he's also connected with Wednesday night's robbery at a Philadelphia Hotel. While all of the stolen cash was recovered, investigators say they also confiscated a small caliber gun and get away car, which was stolen.

For now, Jackson is being held in the Lauderdale County Jail where he's expected to face federal charges. Sheriff Sollie says a number of law enforcement agencies assisted with the arrest.


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