TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - Trinity law enforcement are still looking for two of three men suspected of robbing a Lovelady bank Thursday morning. One suspects has been caught and arrested.
The latest report contradicts a statement by Houston County Sheriff's Office earlier. Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones clarified that only one suspect had been caught.
"It appears the two have gotten away," Jones said.
Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said the two are considered armed and dangerous and are on foot in the West Pine Valley area. Schools in the area were on lockdown for much of Thursday afternoon, but that measure is no longer in effect.
The notification stated that tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are one the way. People in that part of Trinity are urged to stay in their homes.
Wallace said the trio robbed Lovelady State Bank in Lovelady. Chief Deputy G.P Shearer with the Houston County Sheriff's Office said that the three men got away with an undisclosed amount of cash after they injured an employee at the bank.
The men then drove south toward Trinity until a Trinity County Sheriff's Office deputy got behind them just north of the town. Later, the deputy was joined by a Trinity Police officer. The car stopped and the three men, who were armed with hand guns, got out. Wallace said his deputy fired his weapon to stop them.
Although two of the men got away, one of the suspects collapsed, and he is now at a hospital, Shearer said. The HCSO chief deputy said they are withholding the man's name at this time.
Authorities believe the remaining two suspects are in a dark maroon vehicle after they switched vehicles during the chase. Anyone with any information is urged to call the Houston County Sheriff's Office.
Shearer said the injured bank employee is also being treated at a hospital.
Shearer said several people have been detained but it was determined they were not suspects. He said resources have been cut back since the initial search.
"Please stay inside and dial 911 if you see suspects," the notification stated. "Do not attempt to make contact with suspects."
Wallace said he believes these are the same three men who robbed the First Community Bank in Trinity on Oct. 26.
When the Fist Community Bank in Trinity was robbed, the three suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and the violent armed robbery left two bank employees in need of medical treatment for their injuries.
According Jones, the robbery occurred at the First Community bank at about 9:35 a.m. on Oct. 26. Jones said the two suspects were described as black men wearing blue jeans. One man was wearing a long-sleeved white shirt with a black hoody over. The other man was wearing a dark-colored hoody. Both men had stocking material over their faces, Jones said.
Jones said the men assaulted two of the bank's clerks, and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The two clerks were treated for their injuries at a Trinity hospital.
The suspects drove off in in a white, four-door car that authorities believe may be a newer-model Toyota Corolla. Jones said they headed south on Highway 19 toward Huntsville.
A third suspect was driving the getaway vehicle, Jones said. He said they have no information or a description in regard to the third suspect.