For the second time in five days, Tyler police have apprehended a bank robbery suspect moments after a local bank was held up, and police say they are pumped up on the quick arrests.
Don Martin, Tyler Police Department public information officer, said officers were dispatched to the First Bank and Trust at 2211 Three Lakes Parkway Friday afternoon to a bank robbery that had just happened, where the robber used a knife to take an undetermined amount of money.
Martin said the information about the robber and the getaway driver and their vehicle they were in was broadcast to officers and they quickly began looking for the men.
"We already had units in the area and they were able to spot the vehicle and make a stop just moments after the alarm and take both men into custody," he said.
Martin identified the man believed to have committed the robbery inside the bank as 32-year-old Willie T. White, of Tyler.
White has an extensive criminal history, including drug charges, car theft and assault.
Martin said the driver's name was being withheld until more information could be gathered to determine his involvement in the crime.
On Monday, police said Landon Riley Womack, 30, walked into the Austin Bank on the corner of Houston Street and South Beckham Avenue at 12:53 p.m., and demanded cash from a teller at gunpoint.
"We responded immediately and saturated the area with officers looking for a suspect. The description had been put out to all of the officers, and just eight minutes later, one of our officers spotted a man fitting that description about a block from here," he said Monday.
Martin said evidence was taken from Womack, pointing to him as the suspect.
"The suspect was in possession of a bag that contained the cash from the bank and the weapon he used to commit the robbery," he said.
Martin said the robbers on Friday also had evidence in the vehicle linking them to the crime.
Martin said the two apprehensions had officers feeling pretty good about their work.
"It's good police work for officers to respond to the bank, but for others to start watching the perimeter. We have had officers in the area prior to both of these robberies, which helped us get a good perimeter set up. It is a good boost for morale when you can make such quick arrests," he said.