About 11:45 a.m. this morning a lone white male walked into the Compass Bank at Shadow Bend and Research Forest. He then robbed the bank and fled in a black two-door Pontiac Grand Am driving east on Research Forest.
Deputies in the area spotted the vehicle at Grogans Mill and Research and a pursuit started. The vehicle dodged in and out of traffic and then went eastbound in the westbound lanes of Research Forest.
A deputy enroute to the scene was westbound in the 1400 block of Research Forest at Six Pines when the suspect vehicle came at him. The Deputy was able to take the suspect vehicle out using his patrol car.
The only injuries were to one of the deputies who slightly cut his hand on the suspects window glass in an attempt to get him out.
The suspect was taken into custody. A mask was also recovered out of the vehicle.
Westbound Research Forest was closed for almost two hours as detectives investigated the scene. Traffic was diverted through a bank parking lot.
PRESS RELEASE FROM SHERIFFS OFFICE
Tommy Gage, Sheriff
February 12, 2011
For Immediate Release
Earlier today a witness saw a person enter the Compass Bank at 4825 Research Forest Drive wearing a mask. The witness called 911 and described the events also telling the operator about seeing the suspect exit the bank and leave in a vehicle that was parked nearby.
Deputies having a vehicle description and direction of travel of the suspect moved into the area and spotted the vehicle on Research Forest Drive. When deputies tried to stop the vehicle a pursuit ensued. The suspect drove erratically including driving east in the westbound lanes of Research Forest.
The suspect vehicle drove toward an on-coming deputy and just before a collision the suspect turned his vehicle and the deputy to prevent the escape of the suspect turned into the suspect’s vehicle to disable it. The suspect had to be forcibly removed from his car by Sheriff’s deputies.
Deputy Kenneth Wakefield was slightly injured as a result of the collision and removing the suspect from the car and Deputy Todd McCoy who was nearby and assisted, cut his hand on broken glass while arresting the suspect.
Investigators learned that the suspect entered the bank with a gun in each hand and demanded money from a teller and a customer. The suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money. The money, weapons, and mask were recovered in the getaway vehicle.
Arrested: Gabriel Cabello DOB 5/25/71 of Dallas.
Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are conducting the follow-up investigation. It is possible that Cabello could be responsible for other robberies both in and outside of Montgomery County.
Lt. Dan Norris