- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The FBI says it is offering up to $20,000 for information that leads to the arrests of suspects in two East Tennessee bank extortion cases that involved kidnappings.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1JkzjJF) reports the FBI is asking for public assistance in identifying and locating possible suspects in the two cases.

The first occurred on April 28, when an employee of the Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Oak Ridge was kidnapped along with his family. Authorities say the family was held at gunpoint while the employee was coerced to attempt to remove money from the credit union. The employee’s family members were later released.

On July 7, a similar incident occurred at the SmartBank in Knoxville.

Federal officials say they are investigating whether the cases are related.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com


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