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July 30, 2014

Houston Man Guilty of Beaumont Bank Robbery

BEAUMONT, TX—A 23-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Christopher M. Carmon Thomas pleaded guilty to bank robbery on July 29, 2014 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

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. Thomas was taken into custody in Houston on June 25, 2014.

Thomas faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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.

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