Police foil bank robbery

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Authorities said a 24-year-old Lawrenceville man was caught in the act while trying to rob a Bank of America branch Monday morning.

The lone male robber, identified as Christopher Watts, entered the 615 Pike St. branch in Lawrenceville about 10:30 a.m. and presented tellers with a detailed note announcing the robbery, said Brian Lamkin, FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge.

Watts then made his way to a branch manager's office where he brandished a handgun and demanded more money, Lamkin said.

Lawrenceville police responded to the bank to find Watts in the lobby, gun in hand. Police arrested him without incident and turned him over to the FBI, Lamkin said.

Watts is being charged by federal authorities with bank robbery and using a weapon in the commission of a crime.

Lamkin said Watts is a native of Liberia and sometimes goes by the name Christopher Kanusie.

Watts is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Atlanta for an initial appearance today. He remains in federal custody.

The FBI typically investigates bank robberies involving firearms.