Tyler bank robbed, police need East Texans' help finding suspect

Tyler PD needs East Texans' help locating their bank robbery suspect. Photo Source: Tyler PD
Tyler PD needs East Texans' help locating their bank robbery suspect. Photo Source: Tyler PD
Photo Source: Tyler PD
Photo Source: Tyler PD

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police are on the hunt for a bank robber who threatened a clerk during a hold-up Wednesday afternoon.

Tyler Police say the BBVA Compass Bank in the 6900 block of South Broadway was held up just after 12:30 p.m. That Compass Bank is right across from Target in Tyler and was formerly Guaranty Bank.

At a busy Tyler intersection in the middle of the day police say a man made his move presenting a teller with a threatening note.

"[The note was] basically stating this is a robbery and demanded the money," said Officer Don Martin, with the Tyler PD. "[He] stated he did have a gun in the note."

Martin says the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect took off never pulling out a weapon. Fortunately, no one was hurt but the sight of FBI agents and police swarming the bank was alarming for people who work in the area.

"Like Wow! What is all this going on over here?" said Ashley Wyatt, who works nearby. "All the cops are like right where I work. It's crazy."

With only bank employees and one customer inside during the robbery, no one noticed how the hold-up man got away.

"His demands to the employees were to get down on the ground so once they realized he was gone then they got up and they don't know if he got into a vehicle or left seen running on foot," said Martin.

But thanks to some high-quality surveillance clips, their suspect is obvious.

"Someone's going to know this guy," said Martin.

The robber was caught from several angles with a pretty clear description.

He was wearing a black baseball cap with an orange Texas logo and a tan shirt. Police say he is in his late 60's or early 70's.

Anyone with information about the suspects involved in this crime is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or CrimeStoppers, at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). CrimeStoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case, or any, felony case.

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