Sept. 2002 - Spencer bank robber 30-year-old Roger Chapman held up the Traders Bank yesterday, cut vice-president David Boothe on the hand with a barber's razor getting his money, ran out of the bank and went to a nearby barbershop to get a full-shave of his head.

Chapman, who was known to Spencer Police Chief Gary Williams, said he was apparently trying to change his looks.

He was taken into custody about a half-hour later by authorities.

Boothe, a well-known Roane County resident and county commissioner, was cut on the hand by the long razor as he pulled $63 from his pocket. Chapman also held Boothe around the neck with razor-point at his neck. Boothe was taken to Roane General Hospital where he was treated and released.

Chief Williams said the bank's vice-president did the right thing by handing over the money he had.

"It was a very scary incident for David (Boothe). He still hasn't gotten over it and it's going to take some time for this to go away."

Williams said the scenario worked out well for police because no one was badly hurt when there was potential for serious injury.

Chapman is being held in Central Regional Jail, charged with one count of bank robbery, one count of robbery, and one count of malicious wounding. His bond was set at $250,000 cash.

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