Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bank Robbery and Bomb Threats - Captured on a Crime Stoppers Tip

Roy Randall Fredrick likely didn’t imagine the day he’d be arrested when he robbed a local bank last month.

On November 2, 2011 Fredrick entered the Comerica Bank on the 700 block of Walker and approached the tellers’ desk.  He then produced a bank bag and told the teller, “I have a gun and a bomb. Y’all put the money in the bag, don’t set off any alarms and don’t push any buttons.”   Fredrick carried a brown satchel over his shoulder, which he indicated was the ticking time bomb waiting to explode. He left the satchel in exchange for the bank bag filled with cash. “In three minutes the bomb is gonna go off, don’t move,” declared Fredrick as he fled the bank with an undisclosed amount. 

Once Fredrick was out of sight, the bank employees evacuated; not willing to wait for an explosion, that in the end, never came. 

Investigators aired the surveillance footage from the bank on local networks and media.  The reports urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  Reporters reminded viewers that if they called Crime Stoppers, their identities would remain confidential and they would be eligible for a cash reward.

Immediately following the broadcast reports, a call to Crime Stoppers identified the suspect in the surveillance footage (above) as Roy Randall Fredrick.  However, his whereabouts remained unknown and Fredrick remained at large. 

Exactly a month following the brazen robbery, the Crime Stoppers phone rang again.  This time the anonymous tipster revealed Fredrick’s location.  Crime Stoppers investigators coordinated with the FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force and an arresting team was dispatched to Fredrick’s suspected whereabouts. 

Fredrick was swiftly arrested and brought into custody at the Harris County Jail, where he remains held with no bond.  It’s likely that without the tips provided to Crime Stoppers, Fredrick’s identity and whereabouts would have remained unknown.  Thankfully, due to the diligence of investigators, and the cooperation of anonymous citizens, Fredrick will experience justice served.

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