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Man tied to Bryan bank robbery, suspicious packages arrested

Man tied to Bryan bank robbery, suspicious packages arrested

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Police arrested a Bryan man on Friday in connection with the robbery of First Victoria National Bank and a suspicious package found later in his pickup.

James Kyle Graham, 61, entered the 29th Street bank with a firearm at 11:50 a.m. and threatened workers with a bomb, Bryan police said. No injuries were reported, but Graham fled the scene in a black Nissan truck with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police.

At 11:57 a.m., a Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a vehicle that matched the description of Graham's at the intersection of F.M. 158 and Copperfield Drive after it ran a red light.

Evidence in the vehicle, including "packages that resembled bombs," linked the driver to the bank robbery, DPS Trooper Jimmy Morgan said. They were later found to be fake.

Because of those suspicious packages, the area around the intersection of Copperfield Drive and Boonville Road was evacuated as a precaution. The roadways were re-opened shortly after 4 p.m.

Police charged Graham with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison. He is listed as homeless in court records.

The First Victoria branch closed its doors for the day following the robbery.

"We're very pleased that our folks are OK," executive vice-president Tim Jones said, adding that "a couple" of customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery.

It was unclear whether the bank would reopen Saturday.

Before that decision is made, "we'll make assessments and give our people time to recover," Jones said.

The last bank robbery in Bryan was on May 18, 2012, at the Citi Bank on West Villa Maria. In that incident, three men walked into the bank with their faces covered and carrying a firearm, but turned around and left once inside.

"Fortunately, we won today," Morgan said. "I'm happy everyone's safe."

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