Police Arrest Suspect After He Gives Local News Interview Between Bank Heists

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Eric Rivers

A Georgia man has put himself in the running for the “World’s Dumbest Criminal Award” after pausing between bank robberies to give an interview to a local news crew.

Lawrenceville Police believe that Eric Rivers had just robbed the Chase Bank on Collins Hill Road, and was in the process of scoping out future bank heists, when he noticed a CBS46 news crew doing a story at a nearby shopping center.

The local reporter, Ashley Thompson, was covering the topic of public transportation and the idea of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) coming to the area.

The suspected bank robber approached the news crew, and gave his two cents on the topic:

“Gwinnett County doesn’t really have it’s own transportation. So MARTA coming out here will really help out a lot.”

Rivers had taken off the dew rag and cap, which seem to be identical to those worn during at least two different bank robberies, captured by security cameras.

It was not long before the authorities spotted Rivers on the local news, giving an interview on public transportation, and realized that they may have just spotted the bank robber that they had been hunting.

Not only did Rivers take off the headgear that may have hindered identification, he also gave the local reporter his real name.

Investigators asked Ashley Thompson for the man’s name, and then proceeded to track him down and arrest him.

The entire situation seemed so incredulous that the Lawrenceville Police Department actually issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA), on behalf of any bank robbers or potential bank robbers out there.

The PSA began by informing the criminals that bank robbing is a bad career to become involved in. It might take the police a little bit of time, but they will eventually catch you, and you will spend time in prison.

The police department’s message then continues in a sort of tongue-in-cheek warning for any dumb criminals who decide it’s a good idea to participate in a news report after having robbed multiple banks:

“When after having robbed several banks and you are at another bank casing the place for an additional robbery and are approached by a news crew in the parking lot (covering a completely different story by the way)……….here we go, pay close attention.…..DO NOT stop and agree to an interview with said news crew. The news anchor might be pretty, but fight the urge and keep walking.”


The PSA said that when criminals accept interviews, and provide their real names, it makes the jobs of the police officers too easy.

“We will find you anyway, but we do like a little more difficult investigation on occasion.”

Rivers, the suspected bank robber, has been the source of ridicule since his story has gone viral, with many asking why he decided to stop and talk to the CBS46 news crew in the first place. Some argue that Rivers saw an opportunity for 15 seconds of fame and a chance to be on TV, while others suspect that he was hitting on the young female reporter.

What do you think? Why did Rivers pause his alleged crime spree to give the interview which would eventually lead to his arrest?



Source: CBS46

Source: Lawrenceville Police Department Facebook Page

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