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Suspect sought in Liberty City bank robbery

( Source: Bob Hallmark) ( Source: Bob Hallmark)

Schools were locked down, search dogs were called in, and the search for an East Texas bank robber is on.

It happened just after 12 Friday afternoon at the Liberty City branch of the First National bank of Hughes Springs, located at the intersection of FM 1252 and Old Highway 135 in Liberty City.

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Armed officers blocked off the intersections near the bank and patrolled wooded areas nearby.  Dogs were used to track a male suspect that had just robbed the small town's bank.

"Gregg County Sheriff's Office received a call about a reported bank robbery. We have sheriff's office deputies on scene along with criminal investigators and other agencies as well," said Corporal Joshua Tubb.

One man nervously waited nearby, saying his wife worked in the bank that was robbed.

"Disturbing news that the bank had been robbed. You pull up and you see all the law, everything blocked off, then you think hostage situation. First thing that comes to my mind," he says.

It's not been released what the male suspect took or whether he was armed.

"We are currently looking for a person described as a white or Hispanic male, wearing a light colored shirt," Tubb says.

Investigators are also checking out a report from at least one witness, that a man fitting that description was seen walking up 1252 towards the
bank just before the robbery.

Nearby Sabine schools were placed on total lockdown until the area was thoroughly searched.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Investigators describe the man they are looking for as Hispanic, approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall, has a mustache, and is wearing a light colored shirt and faded jeans.

Officials say he was carrying a backpack and could possibly be traveling in a white Chevy Avalanche.
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