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04/01/05 - Lufkin

Witness Descriptions, Observant Officers Lead To Quick Arrests

by Ramonica R. Jones

You have to go back to 1999 to find the last bank robbery in Lufkin, without an arrest.

The men who held up the First Bank and Trust in Crown Colony are still on the loose.  Since that robbery, suspects have been caught quickly.

Michael Ellis was captured eight minutes after the Hibernia bank robbery last summer.  A few weeks ago, Christian Wilson was in handcuffs six minutes after a hold up at the Texas State Bank.  Just this week, David Tucker got caught nine minutes after investigators believe he robbed the Angelina Savings Bank.

Officer Trent Burfine said, "It's rare for Lufkin and it's caused us some great alarm.  Of course, we'll continue our education with the banks and the banks are receptive to that.  We're just going to take it one day at a time and see what happens."

Authorities are getting help catching these robbers.  Bystanders are playing an important role.

"A timely 911 call is always an important factor; good witness reporting on the initial information, so when officers are responding to the scene we know what to look for."

Dialing 911 is the safest thing a witness can do.  Experts will tell you, whether a suspect looks dangerous or not, you should never approach a bank robber or any other criminal.

Police caught up with the latest alleged bank robber, David Tucker, Thursday after a high speed chase around Lufkin and down Highway 59.  He is being held in the Angelina County Jail.

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