Houston man arrested for Beaumont bank robbery
Press release from the Department of Justice: A 23-year-old Houston man has been arrested for a bank robbery in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Christopher M. Carmon Thomas was taken into custody in Houston on June 25, 2014 and went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin on June 26, 2014 for an Initial Appearance. According to information presented in court, on June 3, 2014, Thomas entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Gladys Avenue in Beaumont, Texas and presented the bank teller with a demand note. During the robbery, Thomas displayed a gun tucked into his pants by lifting his shirt. Thomas fled the bank with $2,309.00. Surveillance camera photographs were disseminated by the media and Thomas was identified by citizen tipsters and the victim bank teller. If convicted, Thomas faces up to 20 years in federal prison. This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Craft. A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.