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03/31/05 - Lufkin

Lufkin Bank Robbery Leads To Police Chase

by Chris Cato

Early Thursday afternoon, the police scanner came alive saying, "be advised we just had a robbery at Angelina Savings Bank, we're getting further at this time."

Moments after the Angelina Savings Bank was robbed about 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Lufkin Police spotted the suspect in his vehicle.

Voices over the scanner said, "subjects not yielding, out of state LP northbound on Tulane coming up on Timberland."

The suspect, 32-year-old David Tucker of Georgia tried to get away from officers by weaving through Lufkin's downtown area before shooting straight down First Street headed for Diboll. He was traveling dangerously fast.

"We need somebody to end this pretty quickly, this guy's crazy," shouted officers over the scanner.

Tucker was putting lives at risk, driving at high speeds, and other drivers who didn't get out of the way of officers didn't help things much.

Sgt. Rodney Squyres of the Lufkin Police Department said, "all traffic is supposed to move as far to the right as possible and several drivers would not move out of the left hand lane to get out of the officers way."

Those drivers caused most of the officers pursuing the suspect to fall behind in the chase. One officer eventually pulled Tucker over, but with no backup, it presented a potentially hazardous situation.

Sgt. Squyres said, "when the suspect finally stopped, the lead officer was by himself. There was no other officers with him for several minutes and it could have caused a very dangerous situation."

Especially dangerous considering the gun they later found in the suspect's truck. Thankfully he didn't decide to use it.

While holding up the bank, the robber never pulled a gun, but the tellers didn't want to take any chances. Just a few months ago those bank employees took a Robbery Survival Course taught by officers from the Lufkin Police Department.

In Thursday's robbery, officers say the bank workers did exactly what they needed to do: cooperate fully and avoid getting hurt.

Lt. Greg Denman of the Lufkin Police Department said, "comply with the robber, get it over with as quickly as possible. Let the robber make his own mistakes and get caught as they did."

The course teaches bank employees even if a robber does not display a weapon, it's best not to take any chances.

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