Bank robber identity sought
First State Bank of Mabank hit during busy
No weapon used, $3,030 taken.
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Police are searching for a man with a very general sort of
appearance who quietly asked for and got all the money in a bank
teller’s drawer late Friday afternoon.
That amount taken from the First State Bank, located at 210 S. Third
St,. totaled $3,030.
The “Bubba Bandit” was wearing blue jeans, a Western-styled plaid shirt,
straw cowboy hat and brown boots that didn’t attract any undue
“Everybody looked at him,” Mabank Police Chief Kyle McAfee said Monday.
“He just didn’t stand out.
“It’s the first bank robbery I’ve ever heard of happening in Mabank, and
I’ve lived here my entire life,” McAfee said.
The unknown male suspect calmly walked over to the teller and handed
over a yellow paper note demanding the money without any problems,
The man then left the bank and headed in an unknown direction. Witnesses
disagree on the type of vehicle the man may have driven off in.
The suspect did not display any weapons while committing the crime.
Mabank police officer Chris Rhen responded to the 911 call within one
minute of receiving it, McAfee said.
The Mabank police obtained clear video of the suspect and is working
with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Kaufman County
Sheriff Office in an attempt to identify the suspect.
He had visited the bank at 2 p.m. and again at 4:30 p.m. when he
committed the offense, McAfee said.
If anyone recognizes the suspect, they are asked to contact the Mabank
Police Department at (903) 887-8500.
Koresh’s mother stabbed to death
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The mother of religious sect leader David Koresh, Bonnie Clark
Halderman, was found stabbed to death last week, and her sister Beverly
Clark was arrested for the killing.
Halderman was 60.
Clark, 54, was booked into Henderson County Jail for murder and held on
a $500,000 bond.
According to Henderson County Sheriff Department officials, police were
called to the home of Clark in Chandler last Friday afternoon. When they
arrived, they found Halderman’s body.
Clark was also in the home when the police arrived. A knife believed to
be the murder weapon was also found.
Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt told reporters his investigation is
“We really don’t know what the motive was,” he said.
David Koresh was the infamous leader of the Branch Davidians, a
religious group based outside Waco.
In 1993, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms became
involved in a 51-day standoff with the group after trying to arrest
Koresh on weapons charges.
That standoff ended when a large fire consumed the compound, killing
Koresh and 80 members of the sect.
A niece told the Athens Daily Review that Clark suffered from mental
illness and that the victim was likely trying to help her sister get the
help she needed.
Haldeman was working as a pediatric licensed vocational nurse at Mother
Frances Hospital in Tyler, niece Hollie Helrigel said.
Area teen charged in fatal wreck
GUN BARREL CITY–Charges have been filed against 19-year-old Dylan
Whitten in the death of his passenger and friend Eric Branch, 18, as the
result of a high speed wreck in a 1997 Dodge Neon Jan. 15 on Legendary
Whitten was listed in fair condition Tuesday while recovering in a Tyler
hospital from serious head injuries.
Upon the completion of his investigation, Gun Barrel City investigator
Sgt. Dennis Wehland charged Whitten with intoxicated manslaughter and
failure to maintain financial responsibility.
Branch was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the
Peace Dale Blaylock.
According to the police report, the Dodge Neon was traveling southbound
on Legendary Lane at about 9:10 p.m. at a high rate of speed when
Whitten lost control, left the roadway, struck a utility pole and went
airborne, hitting the ground about 140 feet father before smashing
through a chain link fence and stopped by a tree.
Speed and alcohol were listed as contributing factors in the accident.
A memorial event is set for Branch at the Mabank Pavilion 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31.