- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The FBI says a bank executive and his family have been released after being kidnapped at gunpoint and the man forced to withdraw an undisclosed amount of money from a Knoxville bank.

Multiple media outlets identified the employee in Tuesday’s incident as SmartBank first vice president Tanner Harris.

Ed Reinhold, the FBI special agent in charge of the Knoxville office, said it’s possible the kidnappers are the same people who kidnapped a credit union CEO’s family three months ago.

The agency said the employee was left at the bank while his wife and infant son were taken to another location and left unharmed. Spokeswoman Joyce McCants said the armed group hid the car keys, but the wife was able to find them and go for help.

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