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Texas Bank Robbery Leaves One Dead

January 8, 1999

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) _ A robber fatally shot one bank employee and wounded another after he was told the branch office did not have the $50,000 he demanded, a relative of the slain worker said.

Authorities captured one of the two suspects hours after Thursday’s robbery. The second man was at large, but the FBI said it believed he was in the area 150 miles east of Dallas.

The women were shot at the First Federal Savings Bank shortly after noon.

FBI spokeswoman Lori Bailey said one bandit entered the bank while the other waited outside in a car. She said cash was taken from the bank, but would not say how much.

Betty Paddie, 60, died at a hospital from a gunshot wound. Elizabeth ``Libby″ Flahie, 53, was hospitalized in good condition.

Ms. Paddie’s granddaughter, 16-year-old Ashley Weathermom, said the wounded employee told relatives that the robber was upset when told the bank did not the money he wanted.

``My grandmother had opened a car loan and put the money the counter,″ she said. ``The man bent over and came up with a gun and demanded $50,000.

``Libby said they didn’t have that kind of money at the branch office. ... My grandmother was shot first, in the neck, and died instantly.″

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