Suspect Apprehended in College Station

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A Crockett bank was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday morning, Aug.1. Crockett Police Department officers were dispatched to Citizens National Bank located on Loop 304 shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug.1 in reference to the robbery.

The suspect, described as a 20-year-old Hispanic male, standing approximately 5’5” in height and dressed in all black, was arrested at approximately 5:30 p.m. in College Station, according to Crockett Police Chief David “Buddy” Cross.

The chief stated CPD officers, a College Station SWAT team and Texas Rangers arrested the s

uspect at 5:25 p.m. The suspect has not yet been identified, but Cross indicated more information would be forthcoming.

According to CPD Lt. Clayton Smith, the suspect gained entry into the bank by following an employee inside as she entered the building.

“She didn’t see him. Apparently, he snuck in behind her. He had a gun and followed her inside with the gun in her back. He never said anything and just gestured as to which way he wanted them to go. He gathered all the employees together and then put two in the bathroom. He had another employee access the only till that was open and put that in a bag,” Smith said.

The police lieutenant said the suspect fled the area on foot and headed in a westerly direction across a field located behind the bank.

A perimeter search was initiated around the area of the bank – but by 10 a.m. – the search was called off.

Citizens National Bank President Burl Hobson said no one was injured in the robbery and the bank was re-opened at approximately 11:00 a.m.

For more information as it becomes available, please check back online or see the Sunday, Aug. 6 edition of The Messenger.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.