ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 32-year-old man is being held in the Angelina County Jail in connection to an attempted bank robbery that occurred in Kennard Tuesday afternoon.
The man is also a suspect two other East Texas bank robberies, according to law enforcement sources.
Dmarcus Jamil Jiles, of Houston, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony robbery charge, a third-degree attempted robbery charge, and a Class C misdemeanor driving while license invalid charge. No bond amounts have been set for his charges yet.
Jiles allegedly tried to rob the Commercial Bank of Texas branch in Kennard Tuesday afternoon.
Chief Deputy G.P. Shearer with the Houston County Sheriff's Office said that the incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"He made every effort to rob the bank from what we can tell," Shearer said.
Employees at the bank spotted a man outside, and when he walked up to a door, something didn't look right, Shearer said. He said they hit an alarm, and at that time, the suspect got into a white car and drove east on State Highway 7 toward Angelina County.
Trooper David Hendry with the Texas Department of Public Safety said that an Angelina County-based DPS trooper spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop on it.
The Houston County Sheriff's Office is working with the FBI, the Texas Rangers, and the Angelina County Sheriff's Office to investigate the attempted robbery.
The robbery charge is a "hold" from the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, the Facebook post stated. The post said the hold is for an aggravated robbery charge in connection to a robbery that occurred at the Compass Bank located at 41 11 State Highway 147 in Broaddus on April 20.
The suspect in the Broaddus robbery made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
"He had a firearm with him and brandished the firearm," Cartwright said. "And, at this point, the employees gave him the money that he was asking for."
Crime Stoppers released information on the robbery saying the suspect was wearing a camouflage jacket, black gloves, and a fluorescent yellow top, carrying a gray and black backpack.
The vehicle that the suspect fled in appears to be a silver mid-2000s Cadillac DeVille.
That case is currently being investigated by the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers, and the FBI.
Chief Steve Baker with the Diboll Police Department said Wednesday that Jiles is also the suspect in a robbery that occurred at the Commercial Bank in Diboll on April 13. He said one of his detectives went to Angelina County Wednesday afternoon to serve an arrest warrant for aggravated robbery on Jiles at the jail.
"We identified him about a week and a half ago, and we've been looking for him," Baker said. "He used the same vehicle in Kennard that he used in one of the other robberies."
Baker said Diboll PD has been working with the FBI on the case.
According to a previous East Texas News story, the suspect in the Diboll bank robbery was armed when he robbed the bank. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a blue hard hat and a yellow safety vest. Baker said the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect was seen leaving Weber Street and headed toward Hendrix Street in a four-door car that has been identified as a Suzuki Aerio.
San Augustine County Sheriff Robert Cartwright said when his deputies arrived on the scene, witnesses said the suspect was a black man who was wearing a dark-colored hoodie. He also allegedly had a gun.
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