UPDATE: Tyler man remains jailed for bank robbery, drug, parole violations

UPDATE: The man police say robbed a Tyler bank Friday remains in the Gregg County Jail on $777,500 bond on five separate charges including parole violation.

Kevin Don Sinquefield is suspected of robbing the Austin Bank on South Broadway Avenue Friday afternoon. He was arrested following a short chase after DPS troopers said he fled from a routing traffic stop on Interstate 20 near Liberty City shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.

Sinquefield is held on $750,000 for a robbery charge from Tyler Police Department, $10,000 for evading arrest with a vehicle, $15,000 for possession of a controlled substance. $2,500 for resisting arrest, after troopers say he put up a small fight prior to being handcuffed.

No bond is set on Sinquefield's blue warrant for violating his parole

Sinquefield has been convicted of robbery before, in 1997 by Smith County District Judge Cynthia Kent. He received a 10-year probation sentence.

Smith County District Judge Jack Skeen convicted Sinquefield of burglary of a building in 2008 and handed down a maximum two-year sentence in state jail, according to online records. Additional charges of abandoning or endangering a child, failing to stop and render aid in an accident and evading arrest were not prosecuted.


UPDATE: The man police say robbed the Tyler Austin Bank Friday afternoon is caught and arrested.

A DPS trooper pulled 37-year-old Kevin Don Sinquefield for a routine traffic stop Friday night on I-20 near Liberty City.

While that trooper was checking Sinquefield's ID, he took off. DPS says the chase only lasted about five minutes before the trooper shot out one of Sinquefield's tires, bringing his car to a stop.

Troopers say he put up a struggle but was eventually handcuffed and arrested.

Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police credits DPS for the arrest, "As a result of them pursuing the vehicle with the suspect in it, and catching him, we did locate evidence within the car that connected him to the bank robbery. He was arrested on those charges when they pulled him over. This afternoon we got an arrest warrant for him for the robbery, it's a $750,000 bond."

Sinquefield will be transferred to Tyler once he answers the charges in the Longview area.

Tyler Police say the evidence found in the car was a large sum of cash that matched the amount stolen from the Tyler Austin Bank Friday.


UPDATE: Investigators on the scene of the bank robbery at Austin Bank in Tyler tells CBS 19 that around 4 p.m. a man entered the bank and slipped the teller a note claiming to have a weapon and wanting money.

The teller gave the man an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect reportedly walked out the bank and it is not known if he got in a car or fled by foot.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid 30's approximately 6 feet tall and wearing a Rangers baseball cap with a zipped up hooded jacket.

Investigators do not believe the bank robbery is not related to the 'Loan Ranger Bandit' robberies that occurred during the summer.

Customers were in the building at the time of the robbery, but no one was reported hurt.


TYLER (KYTX) - Tyler Police are responding to a bank robbery at the Austin Bank location at Old Bullard and Rieck Road.  Police say it happened around 3:45 p.m. Friday. 

CBS19 has a crew on the scene.  We'll have more information on CBS19 News at 5 and 6.


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