Officials Friday afternoon continued to look for a suspect after a Liberty City bank was robbed that morning, prompting a manhunt nearby.
Gregg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Josh Tubb said the call about a robbery at First National Bank of Hughes Springs in Liberty City came in at 9:11 a.m.
The first unit arrived on scene at 9:14 a.m. at the bank at FM 1252 and Texas 135, Tubb said, and a perimeter was set up at 9:16 a.m.
He said the FBI is assisting in the investigation.
Officials released a blurry image from bank surveillance footage that showed a man who appeared to be opening a black bag in front of a counter.
Tubb said the suspect is about 6 feet tall and is possibly a white man. He was wearing jeans and possibly a denim jacket with a dark-colored hoodie under it.
He was wearing a blue or black hat with some sort of writing on the front, light-colored shoes and was carrying a black backpack with a white stripe.
After the robbery, Tubb said the suspect headed north on foot. Much of the manhunt for the suspect centered around woods north of the bank near a mobile home park. K-9 officers were used in the search.
Roads were blocked in the area for a time as investigators looked for the suspect, and nearby Sabine ISD was told to keep its doors locked.
Sabine ISD Superintendent Stacey Bryce said Friday morning that state troopers were stationed at different roads in the area checking for the suspect.
Bryce said nothing was going on at the school and that very few employees were on campuses Friday, but they were all told to not go outside.
The bank also was robbed in April 2017 when a man with a handgun took $7,802 from a teller.
Hector Camargo, 50, of Kilgore was arrested the same day after someone spotted his truck driving through town, according to authorities.
Camargo later pleaded guilty to that robbery and two other bank robberies and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Anyone with information about the Friday robbery is asked to call the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 236-8400.