A man who was identified as one of two suspects in an aggravated robbery at a Wharton bank died during a high speed chase Thursday in Lufkin.
LeEdward Demon Hopkins, 43, of Houston, died after he failed to stop for Lufkin police on Loop 287 in the East Texas city and led officers on a pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to a news release from the Wharton Police Department. As the pursuit moved onto U.S. 59 toward Nacogdoches, Hopkins’ vehicle left the roadway near a golf course and crashed.
An undisclosed amount of money and a gun were located in the vehicle, Wharton police said.
Hopkins’ death came after police identified he and Tony Wayne Mitchell, 42, also of Houston, as suspects in an aggravated robbery that took place about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the First State Bank of Louise in Wharton, according to the news release.
The suspects fled with an unknown amount of cash and while Hopkins was located in Lufkin, Mitchell remains at-large, according to the news release.
Both Mitchell and Hopkins had outstanding warrants for aggravated robbery at the time of their identification and allegedly robbed the bank at gunpoint, Wharton police said.
Prior to Hopkins’ death, the Wharton Police Department said in a news release both suspects were “presumed armed and dangerous.”