RED OAK — Red Oak Police Officers executed a felony traffic stop on Interstate Highway 35E near the 418A exit Friday morning taking James Milton Bradley, 46, of San Diego into custody.
Bradley has been charged with robbery in connection with the robbery of Prosperity Bank located at 500 N. I-35E in Red Oak.
“The robbery happened (Friday) morning at Prosperity Bank. A white male walked into the bank and handed the teller a note that he was ‘robbing the bank,’” Red Oak Police Department Community Relations Officer Nathan Bickerstaff said. “He did not display any weapon.”
Officers received the call about a robbery at 11 a.m. with the first officer arriving on scene at 11:04 a.m. The suspect was described as a white male wearing blue work clothes and a ball cap. The tellers complied with the suspect’s demands and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
When the suspect left the bank tellers told officers he left in a yellow minivan taxicab and was able to provide a license plate number. The cab traveled north on I-35E after leaving the bank.
“Sgt. Gary Dollar and Officer Jason Gordon traveled north on IH-35E in an attempt to catch up to the suspect vehicle.
The vehicle was spotted traveling north on IH-35E just south of IH-20. A felony traffic stop was initiated and the suspect vehicle pulled over at the 418A exit,” Bickerstaff said. “Officers ordered the passenger, who matched the description of the suspect, out of the vehicle and detained him in handcuffs. Dollar asked the suspect about the identity of the driver and the suspect stated ‘he is just the driver, he doesn’t know anything about this.’”
Bickerstaff said the driver of the cab was not involved in the robbery and picked up the suspect at a hotel in DeSoto.
The driver was then instructed to drive the suspect to the bank. After returning from the bank the suspected told the driver to drive him to the Dart Train in Dallas.
Red Oak Police took the suspect into custody at 11:15 a.m. No injuries were reported from staff at the bank or customers.
The suspect told police that he was staying with friends in the area, Bickerstaff said.
Bradley remains in custody at the Red Oak Police Department jail and has not had a bond set at this time.
Following the arrest agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have taken over the investigation. When Bradley was booked into the jail it was discovered that he had a warrant out of Cedar Hill for forgery.
“The tellers did a superb job of providing a description of the suspect and the officers were in the right place at the right time,” Bickerstaff said.
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