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Bank robbers foiled by observant citizen

In an act of good citizenry an observant bank customer watched and gathered enough information to assist authorities in capturing a pair of Capital One bank robbers.

Saturday morning, November 20, at 11:42 A.M., a man entered the Capital Once bank in the 11500 block of State Highway 6 near West Airport in northeast Fort Bend County. While in the bank, the suspect reportedly walked up to the teller, passed a note demanding cash and left. An observant customer saw what was happening and when the robber left, went outside and gathered information on the suspects and their vehicle.

According to Terriann Carlson spokesperson for the Sheriff that customer followed the duo in their Toyota Camry, at a safe distance as to not be noticed, and was able to tell responding sheriff’s deputies the path and direction of travel of the fleeing pair.

Eventually the duo ended up at a home in the Providence subdivision. At a distance, the customer watched as the passenger, the man who robbed the bank, got out of the car and went into a home in the 14900 block of Laytham Lane. When deputies arrived on the scene, the two teens were taken into custody and charged with robbery.

The driver of the Camry was identified as Lloyd Taylor West, 19, of Houston. The passenger, who robbed the bank and went into the home on Laytham, was identified as Steven Pless Hines, 18, of Sugar Land.

Both men were charged with robbery and booked into the Fort Bend County Jail with a bond of $100,000 each.

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