Crash investigation

Law enforcement officials investigate the scene of a wreck that killed a suspected bank robber Thursday night. The pursuit began in Angelina County and ended near the Woodland Hills Golf Course.

One man suspected of robbing a bank near the Gulf Coast is dead after crashing on U.S. 59 N. near Woodland Hills Golf Course Thursday evening.

The deceased, identified Friday afternoon by law enforcement as 43-year-old LeEdward Demon Hopkins, was suspected of holding up a bank with another individual, identified as Tony Wayne Mitchell, in Wharton, a town roughly 58 miles south west of Houston, according to both the Lufkin and Wharton police departments. 

The pair allegedly committed the robbery around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

“We learned of a possible (mobile) location for LeEdward Demon Hopkins near Lufkin, and as such, that information was passed on to the Lukin Police Department for assistance,” according to the Wharton Police Department.

Lufkin officers tried to pull Hopkins over in a black Dodge Charger that was headed north on Loop 287 around 7:10 p.m., but Hopkins fled, leading law enforcement on a chase "reaching speeds of more than 130 mph," according to the Lufkin Police Department. 

"Hopkins continued on to U.S. 59 north toward Nacogdoches as multiple agencies, including Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman joined the pursuit. Selman attempted to shoot out Hopkins’ back tire but was unsuccessful," according to the department.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office reported deputies, state troopers, Lufkin Police Department and Angelina County Sheriff's Office chased Hopkins.

Hopkins veered off the road near the Woodland Hills Golf Course and crashed into a utility pole and at least one tree after law enforcement used spikes to puncture tires on the vehicle, according to the Lufkin police.

A Nacogdoches County Justice of the Peace declared Hopkins deceased.

State records show Hopkins had a prior conviction for aggravated assault from 1994 for Harris County.

The second suspect in the robbery was still at large as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to the Lufkin Police Department.

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