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Credit union robbed at gunpoint, suspect sought

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

A local credit union was robbed Thursday, and the suspect remains at large.

Covington Credit Union at 1123 N. Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon, was robbed at gunpoint at 10:15 a.m., Thursday by a man carrying what Lebanon Police described as a shotgun, said Chief Scott Bowen. The first officer arrived on the scene at 10:22 a.m.

The suspect was described as a black male who wore a black jacket, black shirt and pants and a red bandana. He also wore a black jacket with brown fur around the hood.

The incident resulted in the lock-down of four schools in the Lebanon Special School District. They were Sam Houston Elementary, Coles Ferry Elementary, Castle Heights Upper Elementary and Walter J. Baird Middle School.

“A very observant teacher saw an individual that looked like our suspect and immediately told the SROs (Student Resource Officers),” said Lebanon Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks. “The SROs made the decision to lock down all four schools so that the teachers and students would be safe. The teacher did the right thing.”

The suspect reportedly took an undetermined amount of money. The two employees of the credit union said the suspect left on foot.

Weeks said that the suspect was being actively sought. If you have any information on this crime, you are asked to call the Wilson County Crime Stoppers hotline at 444-5245.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at ben@wilsonpost.com.

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