Man attempts to rob South Highland bank, robs employee instead

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are searching for a man in a black wig and bandana who attempted to rob the First South Financial near the University District.

According to police, the incident happened around 7:30 Tuesday morning in the 600 block of South Highland near Southern.

The man reportedly approached an employee with a gun and demanded access to the safe. When he wasn't able to get inside, he robbed the employee at gunpoint, swiping a cell phone, credit cards, a purse and wallet, police said.

He then fled the scene in an older model grey Ford Taurus.

The suspect was described as a black male, mid 20’s, 5’05” to 5’08”, 165 lbs., wearing a black wig, dark colored bandanna over his face, black gloves, black long sleeve shirt, black pants and white athletic shoes.

People who work and live near the bank say it’s unfortunate that crime keeps happening. MPD’s crime tracking map shows 178 crimes reported within a mile of the bank in the past month, including nine aggravated assaults, eight robberies, and 27 burglaries.

If you know who the the suspect is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.