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Port Lavaca bank robbery suspect jailed last week; local officials notified Thursday

By JJ VELASQUEZ
July 9, 2010 at 2:09 a.m.


PORT LAVACA - Round Rock police arrested last week a man in connection to the June 16 robbery of an IBC Bank branch in Port Lavaca.

Up until Thursday afternoon, the Port Lavaca Police Department and the FBI, were still on the lookout for Edwin Gus Schneider, 49.

Schneider was wanted for two bank robberies in Round Rock as well as the one in Port Lavaca and another in Corpus Christi.

Police Chief John Stewart said an FBI agent contacted his detective Thursday to notify him that Schneider had been arrested.

Schneider was found on July 2 in a parking lot asleep in a vehicle.

He is being held on bails of more than $200,000 in the Williamson County Jail.

Will Hampton, communications director for the city of Round Rock, said the department does not have a formal notification process to let other agencies know when an arrest is made.

He said they didn't keep the arrest a secret. They posted a news release and the arrest was covered by Central Texas media.

"We didn't keep it a secret," Hampton said.

He said they publicized that they were actively looking for the man and asked for the public's help, Hampton said.

He said the police department worked with a task force of other agencies to find and arrest Schneider.

If convicted of the two felony charges, Schneider faces a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, in each case.

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