Federal grand jury indicts man accused of robbing Livingston bank

Federal grand jury indicts man accused of robbing Livingston bank
Thomas Holcomb (Source: Polk County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A federal grand jury has indicted a 34-year-old man in connection to a robbery that occurred at the First National Bank branch in Livingston on Nov. 19, 2018.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Thomas Stewart Holcomb, of Livingston, on a federal bank robbery charge.

“Holcomb faces up to 20 years in federal prison on the bank robbery charge, which, theoretically, can be tacked on to any time he receives in the state case,” a press release from the Livingston Police Department stated. “Holcomb has other pending charges, which include assault on a public servant, resisting arrest, and evading arrest, all stemming from an unrelated incident.”

Holcomb is currently being held in the Polk County Jail on a bond surrender charge. His bond amount has been set at $100,000.

“The next step is that the U.S. Marshals will take custody of Holcomb and federal authorities will detain him pending disposition of his case.”

On November 19, at approximately 11:36 a.m., the Livingston Police Department responded to a robbery call at the First National Bank Downtown Branch, which is located at 308 West Church Street.

When officers arrived, witnesses and bank security video gave details about the suspect and his clothing description. The suspect was identified as a white male, with a slender build, approximately 30 to 35 years of age. He was wearing dark clothing and a black ball cap, and he was carrying a black backpack.

The bank teller told police that the white male suspect stated that he had a weapon and passed her a note demanding cash. He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Livingston Police Department.

While canvassing the area, officers located some of the suspect’s clothing and backpack. They say he appeared to have possibly changed clothes after the robbery.

While continuing the search and investigation, Livingston police officers received information that the suspect was later observed at a local sandwich shop. After leaving, he got a ride from a local taxi.

While officers were out patrolling the area, they say the vehicle the suspect was riding in was located and a traffic stop was conducted. The suspect was taken into custody without incident then, according to the Livingston Police Department.

An undisclosed amount of cash was found on Holcomb’s person, a press release stated.

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