MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police are investigating two armed robbery calls that happened just minutes apart in Cordova.
Memphis Police say officers responded to an armed robbery at the Bank of Bartlett on Germantown Parkway at around 1:43 p.m. Friday. Just a few minutes later, at 1:47 p.m., officers were called to First Horizon Bank across the street on Trinity Road.
Police say the suspects were driving a black Infiniti. Memphis Police did not say if the suspect managed to steal any money.
Memphis Police say the FBI and Safe Streets Task Force are now handling the investigations.
WREG spoke with a mother who said her daughter was working as a teller inside the First Horizon bank.
“She doesn’t normally call me at that time of day, plus I was in court. So then I called the bank and the phone just continued to ring and ring and ring,” the woman said. “She seems to be okay but I know she’s rattled. A gun to your head? And you’re out trying to make an honest living. Come on now.”
Lynn Shipp was playing cards outside at neighboring McAllister’s Deli when she and her friends saw helicopters circling the area and police show up at both banks.
“The next thing we noticed is we could see all of the drive-through windows and they all said closed so we knew right away at like 2:30 in the afternoon that something bad had happened,” Shipp said.
She says she didn’t see anything else unusual but after learning what happened, she’s rattled.
“This is our city. And that’s what is just so sad about it, that somebody would be so brazen as to go into two banks, almost nearly the same time, and really just scare people,” Shipp said.