Monday, May 3, 2010

Lawrenceville Man Arrested for Armed Bank Robbery

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Brian Lamkin, FBI Atlanta, announces the arrest today of Christopher Watts, also known as Christopher Kanusie, age 24, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, in connection with today’s armed robbery of the Bank of America, located at 615 Pike Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia.

On Monday, May 3, 2010, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a lone black male entered the above Bank of America branch and presented tellers with a detailed demand note announcing a robbery. The lone male robber then made his way to the branch manager’s office wherein he brandished a handgun and made further demands for money. Units from the Lawrenceville Police Department responding to the bank arrived to find Christopher Watts, aka Christopher Kanusie, a native of Liberia, still in the bank lobby brandishing the handgun. Watts was taken into custody without incident and turned over to special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Watts is being charged federally with one count of bank robbery and one count of using a weapon in the commission of a crime.

Watts will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge for his initial appearance on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The public should be reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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