FBI searches for suspects in serial Ark-La-Tex bank robberies

Source: FBI New Orleans' Field Office
Source: FBI New Orleans' Field Office

(KSLA) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation branches of Louisiana and Texas along with Shreveport Police are working together to locate a man they say may be one of two suspected serial bank robbers.

According to officials, the wanted suspect is wanted in connection to the robbery of several banks near the North Louisiana and Texas State Line.

This person of interest came about after the recent robbery of a bank in Mansfield, Texas back on November 13.

Authorities say two male suspects entered the Sterling Bank in Mansfield, Texas and demanded money. Allegedly one of the suspects was wearing a hard hat, safety vest, tool belt and had a black semi-automatic handgun. The other suspect, officials say was carrying a box cutter.

The robbers reportedly left the scene in a bank employee's silver 2002 Ford Focus, which authorities say has now been recovered.

Later that day, authorities say the Texas State Bank in Joaquin, Texas was also robbed by two men, wearing the same disguises, carrying the same type of weapons too. Also an employee's vehicle was stolen, but later found.

FBI agents say the Joaquin and Mansfield, Texas bank robberies are the most recent believed to have been done by these suspects.

In October 2010, the Red River Bank in Shreveport, Louisiana and in July 2010, the Capitol One Bank in Grand Cane, Louisiana were also robbed in the same fashion, with similar suspect descriptions . The suspects were able to escape each scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, officials say.

In all four of the robberies, authorities say the suspects were described by victims as one being between 6'0"-6'2" tall and the other 5'8"-5'10" tall with medium builds.

Anyone with information should contact the FBI in Shreveport at 318-861-1890, the FBI in Dallas at 972-559-5000, the Shreveport Police Department at 318-673-6955, or the Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.