Longview Police release picture of bank robbery suspect

Longview Police release picture of bank robbery suspect
Police block off southbound Fredonia Street. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV.
Police block off southbound Fredonia Street. Photo by Jamey Boyum KLTV.

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - UPDATE:  Longview Police have released a picture of the person, who they believe robbed the Regions Bank in Longview Tuesday.

You're asked, if you know of his identity, to please contact Longview Police, Gregg County Crimestoppers at 903-236-7867 or its website at  www.greggcountycrimestoppers.org.

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Police responded to a bank robbery in downtown Longview. It happened at Regions Bank at 213 Fredonia Street just after 1 o'clock.

The bank is located straight across the street from the Gregg County Courthouse. Police were on scene quickly and began questioning people like Ollie Alexander who were in the bank on arrival of the police.

"No I can't say I seen anything. They just kept us. We didn't know what to say because I didn't see anything. I had gone in after the fact," Alexander said.

"So I guess you didn't see the guy come out or whatever?" I asked him.

"No; not paying any attention," he replied.

Which makes sense if the bank robber just strolled out the door. Alexander was kept about forty minutes then released. Police shut down southbound Fredonia and put up crime scene tape.

Investigators began visiting businesses to ask if anyone had surveillance video. The Gregg County Historical Museum is across Fredonia Street where Larry Courington is a Docent. He was headed for the courthouse when he saw police arriving.

"They had the road blocked off so I pulled over on Methvin a little bit east of here and walked around and more were showing up. And So I came on into the museum and like the smart people we were we stood in the window looking at everything with police with their guns and not knowing what's going on," Courington said.

The Longview Crime Scene Investigation Unit was in the bank looking for any evidence the suspect may have left behind. People in nearby businesses didn't realize anything had happened until police began to show up. Courington said he didn't hear an alarm sounding when he saw police arrive.

"I guess people think they're going to get away with it. They usually don't," Courington added.

Longview Police cleared the scene around 3:30, and the bank closed for the rest of the day.

Longview Police released that the suspect is a black male who robbed the bank and left in a silver 4-door passenger car. No one was injured in the robbery.

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