KINGSPORT, Tenn. — A Fairmont man who is a suspect in six bank robberies across North Carolina, including a recent one in Rowland, is in a Tennessee jail after he was arrested following a chase last week, according to the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office.
Clyde Allen Nixon, 60, of 367 Yukon Road, was arrested in Tennessee on Tuesday after he led police on a chase in a stolen rental car through Kingsport, down a dead-end road and into a graveyard, where his vehicle destroyed seven headstones before colliding with a large grave marker, Erich Hackney, an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, said in a statement. Nixon fled on foot, but was captured moments later hiding in bushes.
Nixon is being held without bond at the Sullivan County jail in Blountville, Tenn., on driving under a suspended license, vandalism over $5,000, theft over $10,000 and felony evading arrest. Hackney said that bank-robbery charges are pending.
It is unclear when he would be returned to North Carolina.
According to Hackney, Nixon, carrying a firearm, entered the BB&T at 201 E. Main St. in Rowland on March 2 and stole an unknown amount of cash. No customers or employees were injured.
Hackney said that Nixon is also believed to have robbed the Wells Fargo Bank in Asheville on Feb. 9, the RBC Centura Bank in Buncombe County on Feb. 24, the First Citizens Bank in Asheville on March 20, the First Bank in Candler on March 30 and the PNC Bank in Raleigh on April 26.
Casondra Marie Snodgrass, 33, of Kingsport, is charged with being an accessory after the fact and is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond. She is accused of taking money that was stolen from the First Citizens Bank that was marked with dye and exchanging it for “clean currency.”
Nixon’s criminal history in North Carolina includes robbery, kidnapping, breaking and entering, forgery, escape from prison, identity theft, assault on government officials, larceny, possession of stolen goods and possession of cocaine and marijuana.
The investigation included the FBI and multiple law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and North Carolina, including the Rowland Police Department.