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02/11/05 - Nacogdoches County

Three Suspects Arrested in Bank Robberies, and Maybe More Crimes

Christian Wilson Christian Wilson
Rocky Self Rocky Self
Sheila Self Sheila Self

by Jessica Cervantez

An 18-year-old Nacogdoches man accused of robbing a Lufkin bank Thursday, is now suspected of being involved in a bank robbery in Etoile two weeks ago. Now, two more suspects have also been arrested, and they all are facing serious charges.

Christian Wilson was arrested Thursday morning, shortly after robbing a Lufkin bank. He was then questioned about another recent bank robbery in Etoile, where $33,000 was stolen.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss said, "He did confess to us his involvement in the robbery at Huntington State Bank, in Etoile, two weeks ago. He also implicated there were two other actors involved in that and gave us cooperating evidence to link them to the crime."

44-year-old Rocky Self, and his wife, 37-year-old Sheila were arrested Friday morning in Tyler, when they showed up to attend Wilson's arraignment in federal court.

Investigators think the three are connected to at least seven other burglaries and thefts in Polk County, Tyler, Galveston, Houston, and in Nacogdoches. With Wilson's consent, authorities started recovering stolen items on the self property, where Wilson lives.

Sheriff Kerss said, "We're in the process of obtaining and executing search warrants on several properties at this time to try and uncover what we've already identified as a number of stolen items. The items range anywhere from tools, to go-carts, to vehicles. It is going to turn into quite a large ordeal for us."

This isn't the first time the Self's have been in trouble with the law. Police believe for at least two months, they have been involved in heavy criminal activity, but some of the crimes may go back two years.

Neighbors who rent property nearby, say they don't know much about the Self's, only that the couple turned off their water recently.

Alfonso Flores said, "We don't have any water, and I have to go to work, I can't go to work like this."

Police are excited about the arrests, but they still have a job ahead of them. They plan to work hard, to figure out if the three are linked to even more crimes.

The three have not been transferred from Tyler yet. Authorities say they face several state and federal charges including aggravated robbery. More charges might be on the way. Each offense could be filed as a separate charge or prosecutors might choose to link all the crimes together.

As far as the $33,000 stolen from the Etoile bank, authorities believe most of that money has already been spent.

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