CARROLLTON, Texas — An armored truck employee was shot during a bank robbery in Carrollton, and four suspects have been arrested, including two teens, officials announced Thursday afternoon.
Police said 40-year-old Rayfiel Gill, of Gulfport, MS; 43-year-old Lillie McCoy, of Wiggins, MS; 17-year-old Katron Pittman, of Gautier, MS; and 17-year-old Gary Taylor Jr., of Purvis, MS, are each being held in Carrollton with $1,000,000 bonds.
Shortly after noon, officers were called to the Bank of America in the 1100 block of South Josey Lane in response to a robbery of an armored vehicle, according to the Carrollton Police Department.
Police said two guards operating the armored vehicle were robbed when they arrived at the ATM at the location. One guard was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm and was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Carrollton police alerted surrounding law enforcement agencies and began a search for the suspect vehicle, leading to the closure of northbound Josey Lane at Belt Line.
Police said multiple rounds fired from at least three different weapons were recovered from the robbery scene, and the suspects' initial getaway car was found on fire in a nearby alley. Carrollton Fire-Rescue extinguished the blaze before it spread to nearby homes in the area.
Police investigators worked to develop evidence on the second getaway car and said around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, a county constable spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 20 in Smith County, near Tyler. The constable initiated a traffic stop, and all four suspects inside the vehicle and "a large amount of currency" was in plain view, police said.
All four suspects were taken into custody, and after an overnight stay in the Smith County jail, they were all transported back to Carrollton on Friday, Sept. 9.
The department said the investigation is ongoing and the charges against the suspects are pending.
The department thanked the FBI, Texas DPS, Smith County Pct. 5 Constable’s Office and the Smith County Sheriff’s Department for assisting in the swift arrests of the suspects.