Homeless Man a Suspect of Two Local Bank Robberies

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

Just before noon Friday…

“An older white male approximately age 50-60 entered the bank; he did display a firearm and did demand money,” said Bryan Police Officer Kelley McKeithan.

Police say 61-year-old James Kyle Graham walked into First Victoria Bank on the 3700 block of 29th Street in Bryan demanding money. He's not only accused of threatening the tellers with a pistol; according to court documents, he also displayed what appeared to be an explosive device.

The report says Graham told a teller he wanted to speak to the manager. The document says he then

Graham fled the scene with 80,000 cash. Not too long after his getaway, a DPS State Trooper spotted Graham’s pickup near Copperfield and Boonville. After leading the trooper on a high speed chase, Graham finally pulled over at the Valero Station on Boonville Road, near the entrance of the Copperfield neighborhood. He was arrested without incident.

While the College Station Bomb Squad investigated the alleged bomb located in Graham’s vehicle, police told residents and business owners to evacuate the area, all the way from Boonville Road to Tiffany Park.

Inside Graham’s pick-up truck, police found a black bag containing a smaller black bag, $80,000 cash, a cell phone, what was later determined as a “hoax bomb”, which consisted of a brownish purple “playdoh” type substance wrapped in plastic with wires coming out of it; and a concrete nail gun with a handle taped to it, which according to police, was fashioned to look like a handgun.

While Graham was placed under arrest, back at the bank, detectives were interviewing bank employees; and for some employees behind the counter, Graham's face was a familiar one.

According to court documents, a female teller says an unidentified man walked into the Guarantee Bank on South Texas Avenue in Bryan where she was working at the time; and he demanded money while waving a black barreled pistol at employees.

It's unclear how much money he got away with -- but since the robbery that suspect has remained a mystery -- that is until now. Investigators spent time Friday reviewing surveillance footage from the 2009 robbery; and although it still remains under investigation, authorities believe the man behind that video -- could be Graham.

All the cash taken from First Victoria Bank was recovered.

Graham was arrested here in Brazos County in 2009 for a DW warrant out of Waller County. A judge has increased Graham's bond to $300,000. According to court documents, Graham is listed as homeless. He remains in the Brazos County Jail indefinitely.

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