NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (News Release) - About 30 minutes after a man allegedly robbed the Texas Bank branch located at 500 North Street in Nacogdoches Tuesday afternoon, a San Augustine Police officer spotted the suspect's vehicle on State Highway 21, pulled it over, and made an arrest.
According to a press release, the Nacogdoches Police Department received a robbery alarm from the Texas Bank at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. The dispatch center also got a 911 call stating that the bank branch had just been robbed.
When NPD officers arrived on the scene, they learned that shortly before the alarm was activated, a man entered the bank and approached a teller. The suspect demanded money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash, the press release stated.
The suspect left the bank on foot and headed south, going between buildings on South Street. He was described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s.
"Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle exit a parking lot on North Fredonia shortly after the robbery," the press release stated. "A Nacogdoches police officer reported seeing a vehicle matching this description traveling easterly on East Main."
Nacogdoches PD contacted area police departments about the bank robbery.
Sgt. Cameron Nichols with the San Augustine Police Department started heading toward Nacogdoches, and he was five miles past the town's city' limits when he spotted the suspect's vehicle on State Highway 21.
"He ran off the road and was driving erratic when I tried to pull him over, but he did pull over," Nichols said.
After Nichols determined that the driver of the vehicle was the bank robbery suspect, he arrested him and recovered undisclosed.
Nichols contacted the Nacogdoches Police Department, and the robbery suspect was taken back to Nacogdoches. The man's vehicle was removed from the scene.
The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time, due to the fact that formal charges have not been filed. The case is being turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.