Alert deputy, witness help nab suspected bank robbers


At about 3:30pm Wednesday, Deputy K. Barrett was driving southbound on Highway 6 near Bissonnet and spotted a man wearing a baseball cap and a towel covering his face. The man was entering the Bank of America, located on tin the 9200 block of Highway 6 in the Houston area of Fort Bend County.

Barrett pulled his car across the median on Highway 6 and entered the parking lot. By then, the suspect had entered and was exiting the bank and the deputy began chasing him on foot.

The chase crossed Highway 6 again, and at one point, the deputy lost sight of the suspect. However, a witness came forward and told a second responding deputy the suspect had jumped into a red Chevrolet Impala. The witness also had seen the license plate number on the vehicle.

As the pursuit was picked up by other deputies, Barrett returned to the bank where staff members told him they had been robbed by a man who entered the bank armed with a handgun and demanding money. They complied and the man exited. There were no injuries.

In the meantime, deputies got an address from the license plate number and at about 5:20pm went to a house in the 7100 block of South Pinesap in Harris County where they found the suspect, identified as Luis Hernandez, and one other.

Facing aggravated robbery charges are Hernandez, 28, and Oscar Duran, 20, both of Houston. The stolen cash was recovered. Both men remain in the Fort Bend County Jail.

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