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Suspects in area bank robbery jailed in Tennessee, facing multiple felony charges

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Two men who police say robbed a Meridianville bank Wednesday morning were taken into custody following a high speed chase through two counties in Tennessee.

Maurice King, 49, and David Lewis Fifer, 47, both of Memphis, are currently being held in the Franklin County Jail in Winchester.

According to law enforcement sources in Alabama and Tennessee, the incident began at 9:15 a.m. at the Regions Bank located at 12076 U.S. Highway 231/431.

One of the men, wearing dark pants, white jacket, dark glasses, and a mask, jumped the counter and took money from a clerk.

One of the robbers is shown at lower left in this bank surveillance photo (image altered at request of FBI).

The suspect then fled the scene on foot but got into a silver Honda Civic, a rental car believed to have been stolen in Memphis.

The men then headed north toward Fayetteville, Tenn. as Madison County deputies were responding to the scene.

A lookout was posted for the Civic and a Fayetteville officer spotted it while on patrol around 9:30 a.m.

The officer tried to pull the suspects over but they fled, winding through the city before getting onto U.S. Highway 64 headed east.

As the pursuit left Fayetteville, Lincoln County deputies and Tennessee Highway Patrol officers joined the chase.

While the Civic sped toward Franklin County and Winchester, an officer observed a gun, items of clothing, and a bag being thrown out.

The bag was thought to contain evidence of the crime and was not recovered. Police are urging anyone who may have found it to call police.

When the suspects crossed the county line Franklin County sheriff's deputies and members of the Huntland and Winchester police departments also joined in.

The pursuit continued until the suspects' vehicle lost control and collided with a utility pole near a cemetery at the corner of 6th Avenue and South Vine Street in Winchester.

Both King and Fifer were arrested and taken to Southern Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

A quantity of money, thought to have come from the bank, was found at the scene of the crash.

After being treated the men were taken to jail and were being booked Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to a possible federal bank robbery charge the two face charges in Lincoln and Franklin Counties as well as Fayetteville and Winchester. Charges in Madison County may also be filed.

Both men have long criminal histories, with King having been convicted of four counts of aggravated robbery in Tennessee and a murder during a robbery in Texas.

Fifier has five convictions for aggravated robbery, all in Tennessee.

Late Wednesday afternoon officials from several local, state, and federal agencies were trying to decide on how to proceed with formal charges.

How we got this story: HNW received information from Madison County Sheriff's Investigator Brent Patterson, Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder, Franklin County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Guess, and FBI spokesman Paul Daymond in Birmingham.

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