Man arrested in connection with Hull bank robbery
Following tips gained from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents made an arrest in connection with the robbery of the Texas State Bank in Hull late Thursday.
Aaron Gonzalez of LaPorte, Texas was arrested at an undisclosed area in the LaPorte area as part of an investigation aided by the Liberty County Sheriff’s investigator, Texas Rangers, and LaPorte Police Department.
The tip was generated by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and turned over to the FBI. They secured a federal warrant from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for the bank robbery.
The robbery occurred on Wednesday morning at approximately 9:16 a.m. at the Texas First Bank located at 7551 FM 834 in Hull in the northeast corner of Liberty County.
The robber entered the bank wearing a black jacket, black baseball cap with a logo on the front, black gloves and light-colored khaki pants. The person handed the teller a note demanding cash. Police say no weapon was displayed to the three bank employees on duty at the time.
Witnesses said the robber was a Hispanic male who was estimated to be in his 20s or 30s and fled the bank driving a silver four-door Buick vehicle. Liberty County Sheriff’s lead investigator James McQueen said one of the distinct marks helped identify the vehicle. One of the front wheels was a different color than the others.
The suspect reportedly put an undisclosed amount of money into a silver-colored bag before fleeing the bank.
Following the robbery, investigators sought home and business security video to narrow down their search for footage of the fleeing vehicle. Security camera footage at the bank was also reviewed and aided in the search.
Schools in the area were on lockdown until an all clear was given later.
The investigation by the FBI is still underway.