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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 06:36 PM

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Knoxville Man Confesses To Eight Robberies In Downtown Knoxville

After an investigation by Knoxville police, a man confessed to eight recent robberies in a downtown parking garage.

An investigator with the Knoxville Police Department was looking into a robbery that happened in a downtown parking garage when he sent out an internal bulletin with a security camera picture and possible name of a suspect.

A crime analyst with the department looked into the possible suspect and found the real culprit was likely 25-year-old Xavier Townes, who had "a history or robbing individuals," according to KPD.

When the KPD investigator featured Townes in a line-up presented to a robbery victim, Townes was positively identified as the suspect.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, an interview of Townes resulted in his confession of eight of the open robberies that recently happened in the downtown area.

Townes is being held at the Knox County Detention Facility on charges of theft of merchandise - shoplifting, assault and aggravated robbery. KPD said multiple robbery charges are pending in addition to a violation of probation charge.