Pilot Point bank robbery suspect still on the loose

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

PILOT POINT, TX-A robbery suspect is still at large after holding up a Pilot Point bank Wednesday morning and residents said they're worried for their safety.

Police sheriff's deputies and the FBI all combed the scene at the NorthStar Bank. Meanwhile, Pilot Point ISD sent home a letter with parents that several schools had been placed on lockdown after the robbery. And although the lockdown was lifted and the bank reopened, residents we talked to are still shaken.

Pilot Point schools were locked down Wednesday as soon as administrators heard about the robbery at the NorthStar Bank, which is just two miles from the school where Stacy Dean's daughter attends class. Dean found out about the robbery and learned the suspect was still on the loose after school let out.

"Scary and I'm concerned with everybody because I don't know if she's still in town, or if she lives here or if she lives somewhere else," she said.

Jayme Davis said a good friend works at that bank.

"When I heard the news, of course my first thought was if it was her and if she's okay and then my second thought was, what about my money?"

NorthStar Bank's Michele Barber said two employees were just opening the bank around 7:45 a.m. when a woman snuck in and robbed them at gunpoint.

"They heard something and went outside and they came out of the shrubbery and came into the bank with them," she said.

Pilot Point Police Chief, Ric Sadler said the woman was able to get away on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He described surveillance video shows the suspect as an African-American woman but gave no other details.

The FBI and the Denton County Sheriff's office are assisting with the investigation.

Barber said there will be some changes in security after the robbery.

"Our normal procedure is to have an on-duty policeman there for quite a while just to give everyone a sense of peace for the employees as well as our customers," she said.

And Davis is taking steps to secure her own home.

"We're gonna go home and lock the doors. I know that," she said.

Barber said there were no customers in the bank when it was robbed and the employees were not hurt.

If you have any information about the robbery, contact Pilot Point Police (940) 686-2969 or the FBI (972) 559-5000.


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