Several tips lead to arrest in attempted Lufkin bank robbery

Source: Lufkin Police
Source: Lufkin Police
Anthony Bond (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Anthony Bond (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a man in connection to an attempted robbery of First Bank & Trust on Nov. 5, after a Nacogdoches County deputy identified him.

The deputy called police with the identification following a Crime Stoppers release of a photo at the bank.

Anthony Dewayne Bond, 23, of Cleveland, is charged with state-jail felony false statement to obtain property.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bond walked into the bank, located at 541 S. Timberland Drive, around 3:30 p.m. and presented a teller with a checking withdrawal slip. He laid the slip and a blue zipper bag on the counter. The teller said the amount on the slip was for $5,000. She asked for his identification, but Bond shook his head. She then looked at the slip and saw the name "Ryan Thomas" and the account number "543779321459."

The teller ran the name through the computer system, but came up empty. She looked at the slip again and saw where he had written "Empty all money in Bag," according to the affidavit.

The teller picked up the slip and told Bond she would be back. She walked to the vault of the bank where her manager was and told her about the incident. When they returned to the counter, Bond was gone, according to the affidavit.

Police arrived on the scene and later released photos from surveillance to the media.

Police received a call from the deputy, who said he went to school with Bond and has dealt with him on duty and in the jail. Several more phone callers identified the suspect as Bond.

Police ran Bond's information and matched the photo with the surveillance photo. The fingerprints on the slip also matched Bond.

Police obtained a warrant for Bond's arrest on Nov. 9. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail on the same day, after Texas Ranger Travis Brazil arrested him.

According to police spokesman Det. JB Smith, the district attorney's office told police that Bond's action and the teller's reaction did not meet the statutory requirements of the offense of robbery.

He is being held on additional charges of burglary and a Montgomery County warrant for robbery. His bail totals $120,000.

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