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Crockett bank robbery suspect posted $350K, was released from jail

Leon Tran (Source: Houston County Jail) Leon Tran (Source: Houston County Jail)
Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
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A Crockett man who is suspected of robbing the town’s Citizens National Bank at gunpoint early Tuesday morning was released from the Houston County Jail Thursday after he posted a bail amount of $350,000.

Leon Tran, a 20-year-old former employee of the bank, was arrested at a home in College Station on Tuesday, and he was booked into the Houston County Jail on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge.

“Tran was a resident of Crockett and graduated from Crockett High School in 2014, Crockett Police Chief David Cross said in a press release. “Tran previously worked at Citizens National bank as a teller.”

Cross said the robbery occurred as a woman was going in the back door of Citizens National Bank at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect, who was wearing all black and a mask, caught up to her and went inside with her. Tran gave the woman instructions and got an undisclosed amount of money before he ran through a field behind the bank, Cross said.

"Of course, the bank employees were terrified, and they did the right thing by cooperating," said Cross. "You can replace money, but you can't replace a life."

A perimeter was created shortly after law enforcement arrived.

"And, we were able to call in TDC tracking dog and, we were able to track to a location, that led to some additional information," Cross said.

Crockett police with the help of Brazos County Sheriff Department, DPS Special Response Team, Texas Rangers, College Station PD and Bryan PD arrested Tran at a home around 5:25 p.m. on Nelson Road in College Station. 

“Tran was interviewed in College Station by Crockett Police Lt. Clayton Smith and Tran confessed to robbing the Citizen National Bank early this morning,” Cross said. “Evidence is currently being collected that ties Tran to the robbery in Crockett and in College Station by our officers with the assistance from all of the agencies mentioned above.”

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