UPDATE-Nash in custody…BOM Castor branch robbed – possible ties to Campti bank robbery

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UPDATE ***  2:23 p.m. The Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office just announced PAUL JUNIOR NASH HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY THE JACKSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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The Castor branch of Bank of Montgomery was robbed Tuesday, April 16. The Sheriff’s Office has the getaway driver in custody. A black male and white female are on foot last seen running south towards Ridge Road.

This is the second bank robbery in the general area in three weeks. The City Bank and Trust branch is Campti was robbed at gunpoint April 2, also by a black male and white female.

An NPSO spokesperson has confirmed the individuals involved in the Castor incident were persons of interest in the Natchitoches Parish case. They are also suspects in the Lakeview High School bomb threat, a situation mirrored at Castor High School Tuesday.

Bienville Parish Sheriff John E. Balance said Wednesday afternoon that the sole remaining suspect, identified as Paul Junior Nash, early 40s, of Jonesboro, has fled his jurisdiction. He is considered armed and dangerous. Do not approach him. Call 911.

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The following is a press release from BOM.

BOM ADDRESSES CASTOR BRANCH ROBBERY

BOM Bank in Castor will be closed Thursday, April 18, and Friday, April 19 as a courtesy to our staff. We will resume business  Monday, April 22 with regular business hours and services. We are asking our Castor customers to please utilize the Ringgold branch for their banking needs during this difficult time. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate our customer’s loyalty and cooperation.

At the time of the robbery, there were two employees and one customer inside the bank. No one was injured.

Ken Hale, President and CEO, and Brandy Tilley, Senior Vice President and Human Resource Officer, along with other staff, arrived on site within 45 minutes of the robbery and stayed with the staff until the preliminary investigation was complete.

BOM Bank would like to thank the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and first responders for their quick response and assistance in this matter. They are all truly appreciated.

We would also like to thank the Castor community for the prayers and consideration at this time.