Police in Tennessee arrest suspected robbers dressed as former U.S. presidents

Saturday, May 5, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Usually bank robbers just wear a mask.

But police say two robbers dressed as Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon last month in two heists in Bowling Green, Ky.

William R. Hendrick, 57, and Richard Parrott, 58, were arrested Wednesday in Nashville. The pair, who both were convicted of bank robbery in Florida in the 1980s, face federal armed bank robbery charges.

Police said the pair may be fans of an old Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves movie in which robbers wore masks of Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Carter and Johnson.

"I don't know if these guys were sitting around watching 'Point Break' before the first robbery," said Bowling Green police officer Barry Pruitt.

It was not clear if the men had lawyers.

The arrests came from a tip, Pruitt said, explaining that it wasn't hard to track the men to Nashville because the cars they used for their trips to Bowling Green were stolen from there.

The bank was robbed on April 6 and April 25. Police said the rubber Reagan mask was discovered inside a stolen car that was abandoned nearby after the second robbery.

Another Halloween mask, not a president's face, and a sawed-off shotgun were found Thursday when investigators searched Parrott's home.

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