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U.S. Marshal led task force arrest Waco man wanted for bank robbery

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On August 25, 2018, at around 11:14 AM, a white male entered the BBVA Compass Bank located at 1300 East Central Expressway, in Killeen Texas. The male approached the teller counter and handed the teller a note demanding money. The teller gave the male several hundred dollars, and the male fled the bank in an unknown direction.

Upon arrival, Killeen Police investigators obtained witness statements, gathered evidence, and along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted a thorough investigation. That investigation led to 41 year old Jeramie Bledsoe of Waco Texas being named as a suspect. FBI agents then obtained a federal arrest warrant for Bledsoe.

The Killeen Police Investigators, and the FBI then requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Waco-division in locating and apprehending Bledsoe. Task Force investigators gathered information and believed Bledsoe to be in or near the Victoria Texas area.

The Lone Star Task Force then contacted the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force Victoria-division and advised that Bledsoe, a fugitive wanted for bank robbery was likely in the Victoria area. On Wednesday, September 5th The Gulf Coast Task Force found the vehicle Bledsoe was believed to be driving parked at the Candlewood Suites located in the 7100 block of North Navarro. At approximately 8:30 AM, the Gulf Coast Task Force observed Bledsoe exit the Candlewood Suites and get into the vehicle believed to be his. Bledsoe was taken into custody without incident in the parking lot.

Bledsoe was transported to the Victoria County Jail where he will await extradition back to the Western District of Texas.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Victoria Police Department, Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led district task forces arrested 84,048 state and local fugitives in FY 2017, clearing approximately 101,167 state and local felony warrants.

Anonymous tips can be made by texting 411TIPS (847411) keyword GULFCOAST or by going to www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-s/index.html.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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