Prolific bank robber dubbed the ‘Too Tall Bandit’ strikes after taking 2-year break: FBI

first_imgThe “Too Tall Bandit” is wanted for at least 16 bank robberies in the Carolinas and Tennessee. He is heavily disguised, but you may recognize how he walks. He has a limp that affects his right leg. He is considered armed and dangerous. Call 1-800-CALL-FBI if you have a tip.— FBI Charlotte (@FBICharlotte) December 2, 2020“There’s something distinctive about the way he walks,” Lynch said. “He appears to have a limp that impacts his right leg.”Like in other robberies, the man, who authorities believe to be white and in his 40s, entered the bank holding a dark handgun and vaults the teller counter.“He does come into the bank, right away pointing his gun typically at bank employees, ordering them to the ground and in many cases, he actually jumps the counter and goes behind the teller area,” Lynch said.He struck the First Bank in Brevard, North Carolina, about 11 miles southwest of Etowah, on Nov. 6.“He has a very aggressive manner, is heavily disguised and again with a weapon every single time,” Lynch said. “We do just want to see if we can get some additional tips from the public either recognizing some of the clothing he’s worn in multiple robberies or hearing about his description and maybe knowing someone who’s that tall, has a deep voice, and walks with that limp.”Before the Brevard bank heist, the robber’s last known hold up was back on Jan. 4, 2019, at a SunTrust Bank in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. He is believed to have robbed the same bank in 2012, officials said.Lynch said it remains a mystery why the bandit apparently took a nearly two-year break. She said FBI agents are probing a theory that the robber was incarcerated during that time.Following a string of robberies in 2018, the FBI issued a $15,000 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest, but nothing came of it.The FBI believes the bandit’s first robbery occurred on Nov. 27, 2009, at the Volunteer State Bank in White House, Tennessee.The only time he’s deviated from his pattern of targeting banks was when he allegedly robbed the Farragut Pharmacy in Farragut, Tennessee, on Dec. 18, 2014, FBI officials said. But in that case, he apparently wasn’t looking for cash.“The suspect walked behind the pharmacy counter and instructed employees to place prescription opioids into a bag the robber brought with him, similar to the bank robberies,” reads a statement the FBI released at the time.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. via FBIBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(CHARLOTTE) — The search for a serial bank robber dubbed the “Too Tall Bandit,” who has eluded law enforcement for at least 11 years, has heated up again after he struck twice in November following an apparent two-year hiatus, according to the FBI.The menacing criminal, who FBI officials suspect is responsible for holding up 16 banks and a pharmacy since 2009 in South Carolina, Tennessee and, most recently, western North Carolina, has been described by terrorized victims as being up to 6-foot-8-inches tall, weighing 250 pounds, and has a collection of Halloween-type masks.“We’re just hoping someone can give us that tip we need to identify him before someone gets hurt. It is definitely a concern,” Shelley Lynch, spokesperson for the FBI field office in Charlotte, North Carolina, told ABC News on Wednesday.Lynch said the prolific bank robber last struck on Friday, hitting the United Community Bank in Etowah, North Carolina.The FBI released security camera footage of the take-over style armed hold up in hopes someone recognizes the robber.last_img read more

Final OK for Science and Engineering Complex in Allston

first_img Related Harvard University has received unanimous final approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for its planned Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) in Allston. The SEC will house approximately two-thirds of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) when it opens in 2020 and will be among the most cutting-edge teaching and research facilities in the country — featuring laboratories, classrooms, and related teaching and research space.The building, located across from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Innovation Labs cluster and adjacent to the emerging enterprise research campus, will be used by more than 900 undergraduates on any given day. In addition, it will be home to more than 400 SEAS graduate students, more than 450 researchers, and initially, as many as 80 faculty members.“The Science and Engineering Complex is a state-of-the-art facility that will enhance partnership across academic disciplines and encourage connections among the University, the community, and new partners in industry and research,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust. “The growth of our campus in Allston is an extraordinarily exciting opportunity in the Greater Boston region for collaboration, discovery, and innovation.”SEAS, the fastest-growing School at Harvard, has seen its number of concentrators triple over the past decade. Applied scientists and engineers at the School are engaged in research ranging from wearable robotics to an implantable cancer vaccine to the 3-D printing of tissues and novel bio-inspired materials. Several SEAS faculty are collaborators with researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, which will also occupy lab space in the SEC.“Receiving this approval for the Science and Engineering Complex represents an exciting milestone for Harvard and for SEAS,” said Dean Francis J. Doyle III of the Harvard Paulson School. “We are one step closer to the day when our faculty, students, and researchers will occupy one of the world’s most advanced academic science and engineering facilities. We look forward to SEAS becoming an important anchor to the region’s newest cluster of innovation and discovery.”SEAS’ presence in Allston marks the introduction of a new and exciting academic component to the campus. Harvard is in the middle of implementing nine projects included in the 2013 approved Institutional Master Plan. Recent milestones include the opening of the Continuum residential and retail building in Barry’s Corner; the recently approved Harvard Life Lab creating an innovation cluster with the successful i-lab next door; the new Harvard Ed Portal; and the demolition of the old Charlesview Apartments to make way for new roadways, green space, and, eventually, the envisioned Gateway building across from Continuum. The approval for the SEC comes two weeks after Harvard announced the new head of Enterprise Real Estate charged with leading Harvard’s conceptualization and implementation of the enterprise research campus.A spacious atrium and cafeteria are part of the interior design, which also includes teaching and classroom space, research areas, and retail space. Rendering courtesy of Behnisch Architekten“As our Allston campus grows, we have made significant progress in neighborhood activation, retail and housing, and greening efforts,” said Harvard University Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “Now, with meaningful milestones like the Science and Engineering Complex approval, as well as future planning for the enterprise research campus, Harvard looks forward to continuing its commitment to the neighborhood while creating a new hub for regional research and innovation.”With close proximity to Harvard Business School, the i-lab cluster, and the enterprise research campus, the SEC will foster cross-disciplinary innovation across the University. Rollout of Science and Engineering Complex University files Master Plan Notification Form with BRA “The space to be developed in Allston represents a tremendous opportunity for the University’s academic evolution. The Science and Engineering Complex manifests, in physical form, how Allston can support that evolution,” said Harvard University Provost Alan Garber. “It will be a site of promising collaboration — as we know from collaborations between SEAS and the Business School that have already been catalyzed by planning for the complex. Subsequent phases of academic development in Allston will build upon and add to these growing connections, ensuring that the University’s presence in Allston will be dynamic, intellectually vibrant, and productive.”The six-story facility, designed by the Boston office of Behnisch Architekten, a renowned architecture firm known for designing sustainable, innovative research buildings, will consist of nearly 500,000 square feet and include 70,000 square feet of public green space. The glassy ground floor will open into a large interior atrium, and the upper floors will be wrapped with a performative façade engineered to capture natural light and increase heating and cooling efficiency in all seasons.“Our firm is delighted to move forward with the University’s Science and Engineering Complex,” said Robert Matthew Noblett, partner at Behnisch Architekten. “From engineering’s decisive influence on the discovery and resolution of some of the world’s most intractable problems, to the critical importance of cross-disciplinary efforts to achieve major research initiatives, to demonstrating genuine leadership in sustainable design and urban development — the SEC’s design pulls together a number of threads of contemporary life that are certain to impact coming generations.”The approval follows a series of regulatory and community meetings throughout 2015.“We are grateful to the many members of the Allston community who have actively participated in the public process surrounding the approvals,” said Faust. “I thank the members of the Harvard Allston Task Force, the local legislative delegation, and our Allston friends and neighbors who devoted their time to attending public meetings, paying careful attention to details, and providing thoughtful comments that challenged and shaped our thinking. The plans and projects we advance together are inevitably improved by this type of constructive and ongoing engagement.”A view of the proposed Science and Engineering Complex in Allston. The 497,000-square-foot project, fronting on Western Avenue, will include landscaped areas for a variety of outdoor seating options. Rendering courtesy of Behnisch ArchitektenFirst approved in 2007 as the home of the Stem Cell Institute and paused in 2010 in response to the worldwide economic crisis, the SEC is a centerpiece providing context for Harvard’s ambitious 10-year Institutional Master Plan for Allston. The unfolding of Harvard’s physical development is occurring as the University is in the process of implementing a $43 million Master Plan for Community Benefits for the North Allston/North Brighton community. The Harvard Ed Portal, opened in February 2015, has emerged as a nexus for community members of all ages and Harvard students, faculty, and staff. Other benefit programs range from public realm improvements, partnership grants supporting local nonprofits, workforce and economic development programs, and a pilot housing stabilization initiative.Work on the Science and Engineering Complex — which will yield jobs for 800 construction workers throughout the build-out — is scheduled to begin this summer. The facility is expected to be completed in time for the 2020-2021 academic year.The University also received approvals from the BRA to begin the Soldiers Field Park graduate housing renovation project, a phased renewal of the existing four-building housing complex over four years. The apartments will be renovated and modernized, and the ground levels will be reprogrammed to expand amenities and engage pedestrians.last_img read more

Return to Troy: Bennie Boatwright back for one more year

first_imgUSC men’s basketball junior forward Bennie Boatwright announced Monday to CBS Sports that he will stay at USC for his senior season, electing to finish out his career as a Trojan despite rumors that he might take his chances in the NBA Draft.Junior forward Bennie Boatwright elected to return for his senior season. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanAfter much speculation regarding Boatwright and his desire to play professional basketball, the former Village Christian player confirmed that he will be back again next season to join a USC roster that has lost four starters to the NBA. While Boatwright features the size, athleticism, defensive ability and shooting touch needed to be a star forward in the NBA, a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee his sophomore season and an infected foot blister and partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee this year permanently kept Boatwright on the bench for a majority of the 2017-18 campaign. Boatwright played in 23 games for Southern Cal this season and was second on the squad with 13.6 points per game to go along with four 20-point games and 19 blocks. The bright spot for the junior came during a three-game stretch at the Diamond Head Classic when Boatwright put down three-straight games of 23 or more points, including a 33-point performance in the finale that featured a buzzer-beater 3 to seal a USC victory. Although Boatwright and fellow junior forward Chimezie Metu both attracted NBA attention last season, the Trojan Towers elected to stay at USC for their junior years. This season, however, Metu graduated from USC a year early and declared for the NBA Draft with scouts projecting the Lawndale product to land somewhere in the second round.The announcement of Boatwright’s return to Troy also comes just months after a Yahoo! Sports report was released, citing documents in the infamous FBI scandal that alleged Bennie Boatwright,Sr. had accepted at least $2,000 from a potential agent. The USC Athletic Department has since cleared Boatwright to play and stated that they did not find Boatwright participated in any wrongdoing. As for now, Boatwright is eligible to play for USC next year and will be a pillar for a USC team that not only lost solid defenders in McLaughlin, Stewart and Melton, but also the interior presence of Metu and sophomore Harrison Henderson, who announced he will transfer at the end of this year.Along with Boatwright, forwards sophomore Nick Rakocevic and freshman Victor Uyaelunmo will earn featured minutes for a USC roster that lacks bigs.Expected to play big minutes off the bench will be incoming 6-foot-8 recruit J’Raan Brooks who re-committed to play for the Trojans after the Tony Bland improper benefits scandal broke.Brooks, and potentially a transfer from another D-I school, could be USC’s second line of defense once Boatwright and Rakocevic take a seat on the bench. Either way, bringing back Boatwright solidifies USC’s frontcourt for the 2017-2018 season and will provide the Trojans with a lethal scorer and dangerous defender.last_img read more