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Police in Tennessee have arrested a Lincoln man suspected of robbing a West Gate Bank branch at gunpoint in July, according to a Lincoln Police Department spokeswoman.

Donnell A. Murphy was taken into custody in Memphis on Nov. 29 in connection with the July 13 robbery at the bank branch at 17th and South streets, Lincoln Police Officer Angela Sands said.

An informant quickly identified Murphy as the robber after police released images of the suspect to news media and on social media, Lincoln Police Sgt. Michael Ripley said.

Just before 9 a.m. the morning of the robbery, a man entered the bank and handed the teller a handwritten note demanding $10,000, police said.

Then the robber pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at the teller before leaving with the money, Ripley said.

Investigators traced the note, which was written on the back of a letter, to the home of Murphy's girlfriend, where they believe he used a cellphone to call a taxi to drive him to the bank.

In September, police asked for help finding Murphy and stated they believed he was hiding out in Memphis.

Murphy has been charged with robbery. If convicted, he would face up to 50 years in prison. Police also want to question Murphy in connection with other area robberies.

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