Pictured are law officers outside the Texas Champion Bank in Benavides at which an armed robbery took place Monday morning. Photo by SUE FLEMING

Man in ski mask robbed Benavides branch Monday morning

Sue Fleming and Christopher Maher

Alice Echo-News Journal

BENAVIDES - A lone gunman wearing a ski mask robbed the Texas Champion Bank in Benavides Monday morning, police reports show.

No one was hurt during the incident, reports say.

"The call came in at 9:55 a.m.," said Romeo Ramiro, Central South Texas Criminal Investigation Unit Commander who was at the scene. "Cash was taken, but the amount isn't known at this time."

Reports say the suspect was believed to have been seen driving away in a silver or gray sedan.

Later, an individual driving a silver Chevrolet, in which a weapon was also found, was stopped near San Diego High School and was detained for questioning, according to sheriff's officials.

No information regarding this individual was available as of press time.

A mother of two children living near the bank said she did not see or hear anything when the robbery occurred.

"We were asleep and didn't know anything was going on. I'm just shocked and surprised this happened. This is a small town and nothing like this happens here," said the woman, who asked not to be named.

This is the first time the bank has been robbed, officials said.

Bank officials declined comment.

Assisting in the investigation were Benavides Police, Duval County Pct. 3 Constable, Freer Police and Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigations out of Corpus Christi.