By LeaAnne Klentzman
Last Wednesday afternoon, at about 3:30 pm, Deputy K. Barrett was patrolling in the 9600 block of State Highway 6 S. near Bissonnet when he saw a man with a baseball cap and towel covering his face walk into the Bank of America. According to authorities, Barrett immediately took action to get into the bank parking lot. By the time he was able to navigate across traffic and enter the parking lot, the towel draped suspect was coming out of the bank.
Barrett and the suspect engaged in a foot pursuit, back across Highway 6, and into a nearby neighborhood. Eventually Barrett lost sight of the fleet footed suspect. However, all was not lost as a witness approached another deputy who was in the area searching and told him the “man they were chasing” got into a red Impala and rode away. That witness was also able to provide the license plate of the Impala.
Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “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.”
The result of the information provided by the astute witness, Fort Bend County Deputy Bruce Denney was able to alert four Harris County patrol units and together they dropped in at the suspect’s residence in the 7100 block of South Pinesap just across the county line in Harris County.
Interestingly, as Deputy Denney and the Harris County deputies converged on the residence they found the suspects milling around in the driveway next to the red Impala. The two suspected bank robbers were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. All the stolen cash was recovered.
The two men arrested and charged with the bank robbery have been identified as Luis Hernandez, 28, and Oscar Duran, 20, both of Houston.