Texas sheriff: Groom-to-be said he robbed bank to pay for wedding ring, venue

Fiancee’ recognized him in surveillance photos, told him to turn himself in
Heath Edward Bumpous (Source: Sheriff Woody Wallace)
Heath Edward Bumpous (Source: Sheriff Woody Wallace)(Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace on FB)
Updated: Oct. 4, 2019 at 6:21 PM CDT
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TRINITY COUNTY, TEXAS (KTRE) - A Crockett man told law enforcement officers that he robbed a bank in Groveton to pay for a ring and a venue for his wedding, according to the Trinity County sheriff. The robbery suspect also told authorities that his wedding would have been tomorrow.

“He basically stated that he was getting married tomorrow so he didn’t have enough money for a wedding ring that he wanted to buy and he needed to pay for the wedding venue,” Sheriff Woody Wallace said.

Heath Edward Bumpous, a former EMS employee from Crockett, is being booked into the Trinity County jail on an aggravated robbery charge.

The sheriff says Bumpous told the teller he had a weapon and demanded money. The gun was recovered, the sheriff says. He said that after the robbery, Bumpous threw his clothing out of the window of his car as he was driving away. The sheriff said those were recovered, as well.

Wallace told KTRE News that Bumpous’ fiancé saw the Facebook post with the surveillance video stills of the man who allegedly robbed the Citizens State Bank in Groveton Friday morning and recognized him. She told Bumpous to turn himself into authorities.

Bumpous followed his fiance’s advice and turned himself in at the Houston County Courthouse. The sheriff says that most of the money was recovered.

Citizens State Bank robbery update: Thanks to the TPWD Game Wardens, Texas Ranger Chris Cash, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Constable Tommy Park and all of Trinity County Law enforcement officers for working so quickly to catch this guy.

Posted by Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace on Friday, October 4, 2019

The robbery occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Friday at Citizens State Bank in Groveton, according to a Nixle alert from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect was described as a heavy-set white male, wearing a dark hat and dark shirt. He was last seen driving a gray Ford Focus with a hatchback.

The sheriff’s office said Groveton ISD was placed on lockout as a precautionary measure and no one was allowed in or out of schools until police deemed it safe.

The sheriff’s office says Groveton ISD was placed on lockout as a precautionary measure and no one was allowed in or out of schools until police deem it safe.

To provide information on the case, contact (936) 642-1424.

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