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Alleged Bank Robber Arrested


By Lynda Jones

Leon Tran, 20, was arrested in College Station Tuesday, Aug. 1, for allegedly robbing Citizens National Bank in Crockett earlier the same day. Tran is charged with aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. The Crockett Police Department, assisted by several other agencies, moved quickly to track and arrest Tran's whereabouts. Only a few hours after the bank robbery, Tran was arrested at a residence in College Station (Brazos County). Thursday, Aug. 3, he was transported back to Crockett and booked into the Houston County Jail where he posted $350,000 bond and was released the same day. Crockett Police Chief David Cross reported that Tran, a 2014 Crockett High School graduate, previously was employed as a teller at Citizens National Bank. One bank employee posted on her Facebook page that the trauma of being robbed at gunpoint was made worse by the suspect being someone the employees knew and trusted. The CPD sent four officers to College Station as they tracked Tran's phone. They located his vehicle on Nelson Road in College Station and set up surveillance on Tran and his vehicle, with assistance from the Brazos County's Sheriff's Office, until arrest and search warrants could be obtained for Tran and his vehicle, Cross stated. Once they had the appropriate warrants, officers took Tran into custody without incident at a residence on Nelson Road in College Station. CPD Lieutenant Clayton Smith interviewed Tran, and according to Cross, Tran confessed to robbing Citizen National Bank Tuesday morning. Tran allegedly held a gun to the head of one of the bank employees during the robbery, but no injuries were reported. Cross expressed gratitude for assistance from the following agencies: Brazos County Sheriff's Office, DPS Special Response Team, Texas Rangers, College Station Police Department and Bryan Police Department. CPD officers, with assistance from the agencies listed, collected evidence was collected in Crockett and in College Station that ties Tran to the robbery, Cross said. "We appreciate the assistance from all the local Houston County Agencies that assisted with the response to the bank (Tuesday) morning and assistance on the perimeter. We also appreciate the assistance from the Beto Unit (TDCJ) Officers that brought the scent specific dog to the bank that helped us located evidence in the field and located where the suspect fled the bank through the field and got into his getaway vehicle," Cross said. "Our officers did a great job on this case. We are thankful that no one was physically hurt during this robbery and we are glad to get this suspect off our streets," Cross stated.


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