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Tyler police seeking 3 bank robbery suspects believed to be armed

Tyler police responded to Austin Bank on the west loop just before 10:15 on Tuesday morning. Tyler police responded to Austin Bank on the west loop just before 10:15 on Tuesday morning.
Authorities located the car used in the alleged robbery. Authorities located the car used in the alleged robbery.
(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler police responded to a bank robbery at Austin Bank, located in the 1200 block of West Loop 323 on Tuesday morning around 10:15 a.m.

Chicken Express employee Spencer Keeling was about to open the restaurant next door to Austin State Bank, when around he saw a bank robbery in progress. "A car came through and acted very suspicious with some individuals inside that had their faces covered and then they swerved off and pulled in front of the bank," Keeling said. 

Police say three black males, wearing torn T-shirts that covered their faces, entered the bank with guns, then left the scene in a gold Mercury Grand Marquis.

"From where we were standing one of them was wearing a hood, they were wearing dark clothes, you couldn't see their face, they didn't have anything on their hands but they wanted to get in and out pretty fast," Keeling said.

The vehicle used in the robbery was abandoned, and located by authorities on the 900 block of Britton Street. Tyler police say they believe the suspects got into two other vehicles - a red Dodge Stratus and a dark gray Nissan Altima. All three suspects are believed to be armed.

The suspects reportedly left the bank and headed down Shaw Street, toward Stewart Middle School. Dawn Parnell, from Tyler Independent School District, says staff and administration are safe, and the school is not in session. Parnell said school security reviewed their surveillance video, and the suspects turned before reaching the school.

"It was a pretty rough experience this morning for quite a few people," said witness Spencer Keeling.

If you have any information regarding this crime or the suspects, you should call 911 immediately.

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