NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS (KTRE) - Police have released the identity of the robbery suspect who died in Thursday night’s pursuit and say a second suspect is still at large.
According to the Lufkin Police Department, 43-year-old LeEdward Hopkins, of Houston, died in a car crash following a high-speed pursuit through Angelina County and Nacogdoches County on Thursday night.
Police reported Hopkins and another suspect, identified as 42-year-old Tony Mitchell, of Houston, robbed at gunpoint the First State Bank of Louis in Wharton at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. They reportedly fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.
At about 7 p.m., the Department of Public Safety learned Hopkins possibly was in the Lufkin area and was heading north on Loop 287. According to police, a Lufkin police officer located the suspected vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Old Moffett road. Hopkins, however, reportedly refused to pull over.
According to Lufkin police, Hopkins continued on to U.S. 59 North towards Nacogdoches.
Multiple agencies joined in the pursuit. At one point during the pursuit, Precinct 1 Constable Tom Selman attempted to shoot out the back tires of Hopkins’ vehicle but was unsuccessful.
The pursuit continued through Nacogdoches County, reaching the Nacogdoches city limits. According to Lufkin police, the pursuit reached speeds of more than 130 mph.
Lufkin police reported the pursuit ended near the Woodland Hills Golf Course on U.S. 59 North when Hopkins lost control of his vehicle after one of his tires were spiked.
According to Lufkin police, the car then veered off the roadway and hit a power line before going airborne. The vehicle then crashed into a tree before coming to a rest near the 12th hole. Lufkin police said the car’s engine block did catch on fire but it had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
Hopkins was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lufkin police.
They reported an “undisclosed amount of cash” was recovered from the car along with a loaded pistol and additional magazines. According to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, the evidence was handed over to the FBI.
Lufkin police stated Mitchell was not with Hopkins at the time of the crash and still remains at large.
Lufkin police, Angelina County Constable Precinct 1, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety were involved in the pursuit.