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Local Bank Robbery Suspect Identified


(Photo by Sara Humphrey)

(Photo by Sara Humphrey)

HILLSBORO (July 4, 2013)—Authorities have released the name of a man who led police from five agencies on a two-county high-speed chase on Wednesday before surrendering near West.

Michael Matthews, 42, whose hometown was not disclosed, was being held Thursday in the Hill County Jail facing charges of robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Matthews also was being held without bond on holds for two different bank robberies and for evading arrest in a motor vehicle out of McLennan County.

It was not immediately known where the two additional bank robbery warrants were issued.

Matthews had not been arraigned and his bond had not been set Thursday morning but a jailer in Hill County said the judge would be in at about noon and those formalities would be dispensed with.

Matthews was taken into custody Wednesday after a high-speed chase on Interstate 35 that ended north of Waco.

Officers stopped the Suburban the suspect was driving on the southbound interstate in the area of Tokio Road south of West.

The robbery was reported just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Wells Fargo bank at 1400 Corsicana Hwy. in Hillsboro.

A City of Hillsboro employee who witnessed the robbery followed the Suburban and was able to provide dispatchers with minute-by-minute updates until officers began their pursuit.

The suspect exited the highway north of Waco and then got back on I-35 headed north before he finally pulled over and surrendered.

An employee said the bank would be closed for the rest of the day because of an "emergency situation."

The southbound interstate was closed to traffic in the area after the arrest and traffic was diverted onto the access road.

Northbound traffic was moving slowly late Wednesday morning from Ross Road to just north of Tours Road, TxDOT said, apparently while officers searched for evidence that the driver may have thrown out of the vehicle during the pursuit.


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