Cushing bank burglary suspect caught hiding in wooded area

Griffin Emmanuel
Griffin Emmanuel
Wilburn Thacker
Wilburn Thacker

CUSHING, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Sheriff's investigators have captured two men whom they believe tried to burglarize Texas Bank and Trust in Cushing Friday morning.

This latest attempt occurred around 3:30 Friday morning.  Deputies responded to a bank alarm that had been set off.

According to Sheriff Thomas Kerss, Deputy Ben Curtis recognized a pickup truck at the scene as the same truck on surveillance video from a week ago and a pursuit began.

The suspects led Curtis on a chase that reached speeds of a hundred miles per hour on farm to market road 225.  That pursuit ended in Douglass where the men jumped out of their car and climbed on the roof of the Douglass school.

Once the suspects jumped off the roof, deputies were able to apprehend the first one, Wilburn Thacker of Alto.

"At that point called in a DPS helicopter and two sets of tracking dog teams from the Texas Dept of Criminal Justice," said Kerss.

A staging area was organized inside the school's cafeteria and a perimeter of the area was set-up to track down the second suspect.

Around 9:00 Friday morning, the second suspect, Emanuel Griffin also of Alto was captured.

"He continued to travel westward toward Cherokee County, so he actually crossed the Angelina River and entered Cherokee County by the time he was captured," said Kerss.

The duo is expected to be charged with burglary and evading arrest and are now behind bars in the Nacogdoches County Jail.  Griffin is being investigated for the bank's first burglary last week.

The suspects were driving a small pickup truck with Arizona license plates.

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