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Update on Newton County bank robbery in which manager was stabbed
NEWTON COUNTY - by Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company
Newton County deputies are continuing to search for three suspects following a late Wednesday afternoon bank robbery in Burkeville. KJAS News has learned that the robbery occurred at about 5:30 at Sabine State Bank on Highway 63, and a female employee was stabbed.
Late Wednesday evening, KJAS News learned that the employee was Trudy Wood, who is a former employee of First Bank & Trust in Jasper, and became the manager of Sabine State Bank when it opened in Burkeville about three months ago.
Friends of Wood say that she locked up the bank and was preparing to go home when she noticed that some lights had been left on in the building. When she opened the front door of the bank, one man shoved her inside and stabbed her in the back.
Wood reportedly suffered a punctured lung, and she was flown by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where she is continuing to undergo treatment./ Meanwhile, one suspect fled on foot, and two others fled in a black Ford Mustang.
KJAS News has learned that the three suspects are described as black males, but no other details were available.
It's unknown how much money was taken, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also involved in the case.
On Thursday morning, Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon issued the following statement:
On Wednesday evening around 5:30 p.m. Newton County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call stating the Sabine State Bank in Burkeville had been robbed and one employee had been injured. Local Law Enforcement as well as First Responders were dispatched. Upon arrival the bank employee was taken to a local hospital and transferred later.
Specifics related to this case are being withheld pending involvement of the FBI. Details will be released as they become available.
If you feel you have any information towards this case please notify Sheriff Eddie Shannon at the Newton County Sheriff's Office 409/379-3636 or firstname.lastname@example.org