Nacogdoches police arrest man in connection to credit union robbery

Byron Hawkins (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Byron Hawkins (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches police have arrested a man accused in connection with the Monday morning robbery of a credit union.

Police arrested Byron Jerome Hawkins, 40, of Nacogdoches, on a warrant for aggravated robbery at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday.

While he was being arrested, he was found to have PCP on him, according to police spokesman Greg Sowell. He is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

According to a press release, the Nacogdoches Police Department received a robbery alarm from the Doches Credit Union located at 823 South University at 9:57 a.m. Not long after that, dispatch received a 911 call indicating that facility had just been robbed.

When the NPD officers arrived on scene, they learned that just before the alarm was activated, a man entered the office and approached one of the tellers. He displayed a handgun and demanded money, according to the press release.

After taking an undetermined amount of money, the suspect fled on foot, heading toward the Shawnee Street area, the press release stated.

The FBI continues to investigate the bank robbery.

According to an arrest affidavit, detectives received information that Hawkins was responsible in the robbery. They began working leads and learned he had been picked up in the area just minutes after the robbery and was given a ride to Lufkin, where he spent $10,000 at different businesses, according to the affidavit.

The person who gave him a ride told detectives he was sweating and out of breath when he got in the vehicle and during the ride, pulled out a wad of cash and began counting it, according to the affidavit.

The driver said he asked Hawkins where he got the money and Hawkins said, "I just hit a lick," according to the affidavit.

Hawkins had just been released from the Nacogdoches County Jail on Friday after a 23-day incarceration and does not have a job, according to the affidavit.

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