Bystander in bank robbery pulls gun on robber

An arrest warrant for James Richard Newton (inset) has been issued.

A man who tried to rob Third Coast Bank at 229 Dowlen Road with a BB gun came under fire from an armed customer who believes he wounded the suspect.

According to a Beaumont Police Department press release, witnesses said that a white male wearing an orange jump suit with a dark bandana covering his face entered the bank Tuesday, Nov. 10, and told the teller, “Give me all the money” while displaying a handgun. He was carrying a plastic bag that he placed on the counter for the teller to fill. Feeling the teller was taking too long, he pulled the bag and began to run out. A customer sitting close by who saw and heard the suspect then pulled his own gun and began to fire at the suspect as he ran past him. The suspect dropped his gun, which turned out to be a plastic BB gun. 

The customer followed after the suspect into the parking lot and fired three more times. The customer was sure he struck the robber at least once, and that he also hit the car’s rear window and a rear tire. No bank employees or customers were hurt during the gunfire.

Beaumont police and federal agents are still investigating. An arrest warrant for James Richard Newton has been issued by Judge John Stevens, with a $200,000 bond. If you have any information, call the Beaumont Police Department at (409) 832-1234 or if you wish to remain anonymous, (409) 833-TIPS.