Midland Bank Robbery Suspect in Custody 12/5/13 UPDATE: 8:05PM
December 5, 2013
Midland - In just over 24 hours, FBI along with the Midland Police Department took down the accused robber that pulled a gun on a Community National Bank teller. Undercover police officers ambushed the woman Thursday evening while she was out running errands in her getaway car.
Onlookers described the scene as organized chaos; they say the woman barely got out of her car before a swarm of police surrounded her with guns pulled.
“It was just chaos, I mean it was a little bit scary,” said a Midland resident.
Just after two Wednesday afternoon a woman, now identified as Charlotte Hemphill, walked into the Community National Bank, showed a handgun and demanded money. Thursday, police and FBI followed Hemphill and arrested her as she was trying to pick her dog up from the groomers.
Eyewitnesses say she is a regular at Pet-Techs Grooming, and would never guess she was the bank robber Midland Police was looking for. “They say she was the nicest lady, so it’s just strange.”
Area store employees say Hemphill’s dog is still in the salon and as you can see and her car remains in the parking lot.
FBI officials say - Hemphill is scheduled to go before a judge in Midland tomorrow morning where she will be charged with one count of Bank Robbery.
FBI Press Release
The FBI worked aggressively with the Midland Police Department to successfully solve the Community National Bank Robbery that occurred yesterday in Midland, Texas.
CHARLOTTE DENISE HEMPHILL, 48 years old and unemployed, was arrested without incident after leaving her residence in Midland at approximately 5:00pm today.
The FBI followed up on numerous anonymous tips from the public and was able to successfully solve the bank robbery with our law enforcement partners.
HEMPHILL will go before Judge Counts on Friday morning where she will be charged with one count of Bank Robbery.
MIDLAND - According to the City of Midland, authorities have taken a suspect from yesterday's Community National Bank robbery into custody.
An eye-witness tells us that a black woman driving a silver Mercedes was taken into custody in the parking lot of a strip mall near the intersection of Midland Dr. and Wadley.
Stay tuned as the authorities will be releasing more information soon...