Police investigating possible connection between bank robbery, school lockdown

Man with gun reported at Canyon High School Friday morning

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The search continues for a suspected bank robber as New Braunfels police also try to determine if a Friday morning hold-up and a report of a man with a gun at Canyon High School are related.

Police said at 8:55 a.m., the report was phoned in both to New Braunfels 911 and the school, located at 1510 Interstate 35 North.

The school was immediately placed on lockdown while New Braunfels police and Comal County Sheriff's deputies investigated the report. It was lifted at 11:15 a.m. after officers finished searching the campus for any weapons.

However, at 9:18 a.m., an armed robbery was reported at the Security Service Credit Union at 1692 Highway 46 West across town from the high school.

“The time span in which it all happened, there is a good chance they are related,” said Capt. John McDonald, New Braunfels police spokesperson. “That’s the theory we’re working on right now.”

McDonald said it may have been the suspect made the false report as a diversionary tactic.

“The voice that came into 911 sounded like the person was trying to disguise their voice and sounded feminine,” McDonald said.

Witnesses at the credit union reported a black male, dressed in women's clothing and wearing a wig and sunglasses, entered the bank, displayed a gun and demanded money.

The man is described as being between 30 and 40 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches tall. Witnesses said he was wearing a long, black lady's trench coat, sunglasses and a purse.

Police said the suspect fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.


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