Suspect arrested in Bienville Parish bank robbery

Suspect arrested in Bienville Parish bank robbery

BIENVILLE PARISH, LA (KSLA) - UPDATE: Paul “Junior” Nash Jr. has been taken into custody by the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Department.

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The Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department has released the name of a man connected to a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon.

Paul “Junior” Nash Jr., 41, of Jonesboro, stands 6’2” tall and weighs 180 lbs.

Authorities say that a woman and the alleged getaway driver, a man, were caught Tuesday.

Bienville Parish School Board has confirmed Castor High School students will not report to school Wednesday, April 17.

A perimeter has been set up around Castor to continue the search. Overnight, authorities used drones and search dogs to search for the third suspect. Crews ended the search around 2 a.m.; but some people remained to search.

One of the suspects taken into custody claimed they placed a bomb at the school. The school was already closed because of the search, not after the bomb threat.

Authorities are sending bomb techs to Castor High School to make sure the building is safe. According to Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance, he believes the bomb threat is a diversionary tactic.

Castor High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday. It is right around the corner from the bank. The school has students that range from Pre-K to high school.

Residents in the area 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, Ballance said Tuesday.

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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