A kidnapping and attempted bank robbery in Ladonia Sunday night ended up with two suspects being apprehended in Commerce. Another suspect remains at-large.
According to the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, a man and wife were taken captive at gun point from their Honey Grove home around 10 p.m. by two masked suspects. The wife is a bank employee.
“They were forced to drive their vehicle to the Patriot Bank in Ladonia where the suspects held the husband hostage and demanded the bank employee enter the bank and open the vault,” Moore said. “The suspects then forced the victims to drive to a remote location where they took the vehicle keys and left the victims with instructions not to move.”
The gunmen then left, apparently meeting a getaway vehicle, the sheriff said.
After a description of the gunmen and their vehicle was broadcast to area law enforcement agencies, a Commerce police officer spotted the suspect car. The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver did not stop.
Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said the vehicle fled from the officer through the Norris community. During the pursuit, two black males bailed out of the vehicle at two different locations. The driver continued fleeing a few more blocks before bailing out of the vehicle, as well. She was apprehended a few feet away.
Air support from Texas Department of Public Safety was called in. Using a thermal imaging unit, a subject believed to be one of the suspects was located. He continued to flee from police on foot but was subsequently captured under a storage shed.
Both the man and woman were arrested on charges unrelated to the kidnapping and attempted bank heist and were expected to be arraigned today in Hunt County.
The woman is expected to be charged with felony evading arrest in a vehicle, a felony.
Crews said the man is facing charges of felony evading arrest, and is also wanted on parole warrant from the state. He is also wanted on a felony warrant from Delta County. According to Crews, the man was sought by police officer on felony warrants when they found drugs at an apartment in the Oak Meadows Townhomes on Feb. 5.
“We didn’t get him the other day, but we got him (Sunday) night,” Crews said.
The Commerce Police Department, Fannin County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are continuing to investigate.
-- Kerry Craig, managing editor of the Leonard Graphic, and Jay Strickland with the Greenville-Herald Banner contributed to this report.
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