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Police pursue gender bender
Transsexual named suspect
in robbery of credit union

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

Police and FBI agents now suspect the woman who robbed the Alabama Credit Union in Decatur on Nov. 9 was actually a man with breast implants.

Decatur police said Friday that they began looking for 26-year-old Jimmy Maurice Lewis II, a man who lives and dresses as a woman, after FBI agents informed them Lewis is a suspect in another robbery.

Lewis faces charges in the June 28 robbery of a bank in Cleveland, Tenn. After Lewis' arrest in August, investigators on that case said Lewis was undergoing gender reassignment surgery, according to news reports.

Whether that process has since been completed remained unknown, but the FBI referred to Lewis as a "post-operative" transsexual in a statement released Friday.

Lt. Dennis Hughes, a police spokesman, said Lewis lives and dresses as a female and uses the aliases "Destinee J. Lewis" and "Christy Nicole Lewis."

Lewis is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has a light complexion and is known to have long hair but frequently wears a scarf on his head, Hughes said.

Lewis has tattoos of butterflies on his neck and back, Hughes said.

Lewis is known to travel between Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee driving a silver Lincoln Navigator — the same type of vehicle used to flee the scene of the Nov. 9 robbery — with Alabama license plate 38J389A, Hughes said.

Decatur police have obtained a warrant for Lewis' arrest on a charge of first-degree robbery.

Hughes said that just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 9., Lewis, wearing a multi-colored scarf on his head, approached the counter at the Alabama Credit Union on Point Mallard Parkway and presented the teller with a note demanding money.

Lewis also wore a scarf on his head during the robbery of the in FSG Bank in Cleveland, Hughes said.

Lewis was arrested on charges of robbing the Cleveland bank after police found him passed out in his Navigator in a parking lot on Aug. 23 in Lenoir City, according to news reports. Lewis was suspected of casing several banks in the area.

He was later released from jail on bond; The Daily was unable to find out the amount of that bond.

Hughes said Lewis entered several banks in North Alabama in recent months, possibly casing them with the intent of robbing them.

Anyone with information about a bank robbery or Lewis' whereabouts can call the Decatur police front desk at 341-4660, police Sgt. Rick Archer at 341-4647 or the FBI's Huntsville office at 539-1711.

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