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Crime Stoppers releases Lovelady bank robbery suspects' IDs

Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office
Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office
Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office
Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
LOVELADY, TX (KTRE) -

Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers has released the identities of the two men still at-large and believed to have robbed a Lovelady bank Thursday morning.

The agency is offering a reward for information leading to the arrests of Alonzo Irving, 27, and Demetrius Wheeler, 25.

Two Lovelady State Bank employees are going to be OK after getting pistol-whipped during Thursday's robbery, according to a bank official.

Bank President Michael Broxson said the robbers hit employees Christy Rich and Dawn Cowart with pistols, even though both were being cooperative.

"[The robbers] were just trying to make a show," Broxson said.

Broxson said the robbers came into the bank Thursday morning through the front door. One went over the counter and the other two went left and right, forcing about 10 employees to lie on their stomachs. After they collected the cash, two of them grabbed Rich and Cowart and drug them by their hair before hitting them with their pistols.

No customers were in the building at the time, Broxson said.

"I've been doing this 44 years and never been robbed," Broxson said. "But I have to say all my employees did what they were supposed to do and I'm very grateful for them."

Broxson also said he was impressed with law enforcement's actions.

"They got here real quick," Broxson said. "Sheriff's office and FBI and Texas Rangers. Then Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace put it together down there and his guys were able to stop that car."

Three men robbed the bank Thursday morning before heading south on State Highway 19. A deputy with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office caught up to them and they bailed out of the car, holding handguns. The deputy fired his gun at them and one of the robbers collapsed and was arrested. He is now in a hospital and his name has not yet been released.

Irving and Wheeler are believed to have switched to a dark maroon car. Wallace believes these men were also involved in a Trinity bank robbery in October.

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