Robbery suspect arrested in North Knoxville; search put schools on lockdown

Christopher Shawn Finch (Source: Knox County Sheriffs Office)

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Departmant has arrested a robbery suspect after a search that led to three Knox County schools being put on soft lockdown Tuesday afternoon.

Christopher Finch, 43, was caught around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Glenview Drive and Branson Avenue in North Knoxville as he was trying to get away in a taxi.

The Knoxville Police Department says the man entered Walmart, 6777 Clinton Highway, just after noon and walked around the store before approaching the Money Center. He then pulled out a handgun and demanded money.

After obtaining cash, the suspect fled in a gold 1996 Lexus GS300. No one was injured.

Around 12:40 p.m., an officer spotted the suspect and vehicle on Washington Pike. The suspect fled to Lawson Avenue and bailed from the vehicle. The weapon and cash were found inside the Lexus.

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Christenberry Elementary, Belle Morris Elementary and Fulton High School were placed on soft lockdown during the search. During a soft lockdown, all exterior doors are locked and students are not allowed outside.

Finch is charged with aggravated robbery. Additional charges are pending.

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