NEW WAVERLY —
Investigators are searching for an armed man who robbed a Walker County bank early Friday morning.
A female employee was walking toward the entrance of First Victoria Bank, located in the 100 block of FM 1375 in New Waverly, at about 7 a.m. Friday when a man wearing a disguise approached her, flashed a gun, and forced her inside, Walker County Sheriff’s Office investigators said.
The man, who also claimed to have a bomb in a duffle bag, held two employees at gunpoint and proceeded to rob the bank of an undisclosed amount of money. He fled the scene in a stolen vehicle in an unknown direction. No one was injured in the robbery.
The robber, who is considered armed and dangerous, had his face completely covered so investigators were not able to determine his race. He is believed to be between 6 feet and 6 feet 4 inches tall and weigh around 200 to 220 pounds. The stolen vehicle is described as a 2010 teal-blue Toyota RAV4 with the license plate DJ8R192.
First Victoria remained closed all day Friday as officers with the WCSO and Federal Bureau of Investigation examined the crime scene and interviewed witnesses. The bank’s drive-through is scheduled to reopen today.
Anyone with information about the robbery or the stolen vehicle is asked to call the WCSO at (936) 435-2400 or the Houston office of the FBI at (713) 693-5000. Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in the case. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 713-222-8477 and callers can remain anonymous.
3 arrested in convenience store burglary
Three people were caught trying to break into a building in New Waverly on Friday morning and taken into custody.
Darron Leondre Kelly, Justin Michael Roy and Kiarra Lashaun Maxey, all of New Waverly, are being held in the Walker County Jail on charges of attempted burglary of a building. Investigators said the incident was not related to the robbery of First Victoria Bank.
Officers with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm about 5:27 a.m. Friday at a convenience store located in the 9000 block of Highway 75 South. A man was seen running from behind the building and deputies were able to apprehend him. Another man and a woman were also located at the scene.
A search of the building revealed that two exterior doors to the store had been damaged in an attempt to open them. Deputies were able to locate evidence at the scene that linked the three suspects to the crime.