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Bank Robbery and Police Chase Ends in Arrest

On Wednesday afternoon, May 29th, Lufkin Police arrested Robert Harris, 47, of Center, following a bank robbery and subsequent chase. Harris was taken into custody at 1:46 p.m. on U.S. 69 South.

The incident began at 1:10 p.m. when Harris entered Cadence Bank on Brentwood Drive and handed a teller a note demanding money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled on foot across Whitehouse Drive to the Belk Department Store parking lot, where he left in an older-model green Toyota Tacoma, according to a witness.

At 1:27 p.m., officers spotted Harris's vehicle on Casey Road and initiated a pursuit, which continued through the Fuller Springs area and onto U.S. 69 South. The pursuit, reaching speeds up to 70 mph, ended near Garrison Drive after a Lufkin Police officer performed a PIT maneuver, stopping Harris's vehicle.

Harris was arrested without further incident, and the stolen money was recovered. Officers noted that Harris was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest. The Angelina County Sheriff's Office assisted in the operation.

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