ArkLaTex bank robbed; 2 suspects caught, manhunt for 1 more continues

People in the areas of LA 153 south of Castor, LA 507 west of Castor should be on the alert, sheriff advises

Castor bank robbed; school placed on lockdown

CASTOR, LA (KSLA) - Authorities have just apprehended a woman suspected of being involved in a bank robbery in southern Bienville Parish.

The alleged getaway driver was caught earlier.

Now the manhunt continues for a man also suspected of being involved in the holdup.

People in the areas of Louisiana Highway 153 south of Castor and Louisiana Highway 507 west of Castor should be on the lookout and call 911 to report any suspicious activity, Bienville Sheriff John Ballance said.

A helicopter, drone and tracking dogs are helping Bienville, Natchitoches and Red River sheriff’s deputies, and state and Castor police in the search.

Authorities also are urging people to lock their doors.

Castor School was placed on lockdown soon after the bank holdup.

Parents of students later were allowed to get in the car line and have their children brought out to them.

The school buses did not run this afternoon.

The Bank of Montgomery branch in the 9000 block of Louisiana Highway 4 in Castor was robbed about 1:50 p.m., the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office reports.

Sheriff’s deputies and other area law enforcement officers are searching for the man who, along with the woman, was last seen running south toward Ridge Road.

The school was placed on lockdown until the Sheriff’s Office gives the all-clear signal, a School District spokeswoman said..

The campus that serves prekindergarten through high school is in the 100 block of Front Street, which is right around the corner from the bank branch.

Earlier this month, a man and woman were being sought in connection with a bank robbery in Campti, which is about 30 miles to the south of Castor.

Authorities have given no indication whether they think the two holdups are related.

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