73-Year-Old Tullahoma Bank Robber Speaks
by Marcus Washington
MANCHESTER, Tenn. – The 73-year-old man who admitted to robbing a Tullahoma bank explained his story only to NewsChannel 5.
As Jackie Ferrell walked in to the News Channel 5 exclusive sit down interview, he didn't waste time explaining why he decided to rob a bank.
"I was down on my luck, seven hundred and something dollars to pay rent, light bill, water bill, car payments and some more bills and everything," said Ferrell.
The 73-year-old said his wife died last year, cutting the household income in half.
"When she passed away that took $800 out of my budget you know," he said.
Ferrell was recently fired from his job and felt his only option was to rob a bank.
On Tuesday, February 4th, Ferrell drove to this Citizen's Tri-County Bank on West Lincoln Street in Tullahoma and took the prescription drug Percocet 10.
"I took [those] eight and waited about an hour and they had me on cloud nine," said Ferrell. "I just got out the car and walked in the bank."
With a note in one hand and a cap gun in the other, Ferrell said he walked up to one of the bank tellers.
"I had it in this hand and I laid it here and handed her a note," he said. "She read it, put the bills in the band and I said, 'thank you ma'am,' and walked out the door."
As he tried get away, Ferrell ran into a problem with his keys, caused by his dog.
"She had pulled them out and they slid down the seat. I sat there an hour and a half," he said.
Ferrell wasn't arrested by police until three days later at his home.
"You tax payers are going to have to put me up for room and board, my food, medication and bury me," he added.
Police were able to find and arrest Ferrell with help from the FBI and witness accounts.
Authorities were able to make the connection with Ferrell and the Tullahoma bank robbery because the money found on him matched the serial numbers of the money stolen.
Ferrell spent more than 10 years in prison for his connection with another bank robbery in 1989 and has been in and out of jail since the 1960s.