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Two indicted on bank robbery charges
Houston County Courier - July 2008

According to a report in the Corsicana Daily Sun, the two suspects in the Sept. 21, 2007 holdup of the Citizen’s National Bank here were indicted for that robbery as part of an 18-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Tyler.

The trial is reportedly set for Sept. 2.

A Tyler Morning Telegraph article said the two  men,  Derrick  Van  Hodges,  34,  and  Paul Edward Thomas, 40, entered pleas of not guilty to all 18 indictments in a hearing on April 9, some eight days after they were indicted.

The duo are said to be half-brothers and are accused of robbing the Kelly Tyler Federal Credit    Union,     the    Bank    of   America   in

 Henderson,  the Austin Bank in Troup, the Bank of America in Lufkin and the Citizens National Bank in Corsicana as well.

The pair has also reportedly been charged with 12 counts of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

The government is seeking $179,090 in cash proceeds derived from the robberies. according to an April 10 Morning Telegraph article.

The Sept. 21, 2007 robbery of the Citizen’s National Bank saw two male subjects with handguns enter the branch bank and take a large amount of cash.

Citizens National Bank Chairman and CEO Burl Hobson, Sr. said, “We are pleased to hear that indictments have been handed down in this case and look forward to justice being served.”




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