The criminal’s target? The Sabine State Bank at the corner of
Within minutes, the bank robbers get money and escape to this wooded area across the area across the street.
Ruston Police Chief, Stephen Rogers, says, “They went in the bank just after 1 p.m.”
But officers from local and state agencies aren’t letting them get away easily.
They keep a bird’s eye view of the area and even try to sniff out any trace of the gunmen.Chief Rogers says, “We used our canines to track, but it’s so hot we called in the bloodhoundswhich are on the ground as we speak.”
Back at the crime scene investigators look for clues and question bank employees about the robbery.
As a helicopter flies over the Jefferson Oaks Subdivision, police say a resident calls and reports seeing a man jump over a fence in this neighborhood.
Concerned citizen, Tanya Bickham says, "We knew it was something serious when we saw all the cops and sheriff's cars."
Bickham and others who live nearby feel unsafe at this point because they know the robbers are on the loose.
Bickham says, “I'm scared. I'm scared mainly because I hae young children. I'm just coming up from cheerleading practice, saw the cops, the helicopter flying. It did make me nervous."
Nancy Clark says, "I've been out here quite a while looking wondering what the helicopter was doing."
NBC 10 news informs Clark about what’s going on.
Now she feels like she needs to go inside for her own safety.
Five hours later, police tells us they will now focus just on the northern section of
Bickham says, "They could be hiding and not be easy to find. That makes me nervous. I hope they find them before tonight, I will not feel good this evening, with it being dark, with it being easy for them to hide."