Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Harris County

By: KBTX News Staff Email
By: KBTX News Staff Email
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BRYAN Update: One of the men wanted in a carjacking and bank robbery in Bryan in July is in police custody. Bryan police say 42-year-old Bryan Champion of Houston turned himself into Harris County authorities.

Champion and 27-year-old Erric Portis from Calvert are accused of robbing the Commerce National Bank in Bryan.

Portis is still wanted by police.

Warrants have been issued for the arrests of two suspects believed to be involved in a Bryan bank robbery.

Erric Bernard Portis, 27 of Calvert, and Bryan Champion, 42 of Houston, are both wanted for aggravated robbery of the Commerce National Bank branch in the 3000 block of East 29th Street on July 30.

In addition, Portis is wanted on aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping charges related to a carjacking an hour-and-a-half before the bank robbery.

The carjacking victim in the 4100 block of Oaklawn told police he was attacked by three males who took his white Ford Taurus around 9:20 a.m. The victim suffered minor injuries.

Bryan Police say the same car was used during the armed robbery of the bank about 90 minutes later. Two men entered the bank, showed a weapon, and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

The Taurus was later found abandoned at the Grove Apartments one block down 29th Street.

Portis and Champion are believed to be in the Houston area. Portis stands 6'2" and weighs around 217 pounds. Champion is around 6'3" and weighs around 250 pounds.

Champion is reportedly from Houston. Public records show he has already served time for aggravated robbery.

Police say Portis is from Calvert. Hearne police confirm he was involved in a high-speed chase that ended in Calvert earlier this week, but got away.

Any information on these men or others that may have been involved in the bank robbery are asked to contact Bryan Police at (979) 209-5316 or Brazos County Crime Stoppers at (979) 775-TIPS.

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