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Texas bank robbery is a family affair

A 50-year-old Portland, Ore., man, his 20-year-old son and 18-year old daughter are being held in the Fort Bend County Jail on charges stemming from the robbery of the First Community Credit Union in Katy, Texas. The group may also be connected with a series of bank robberies in Oregon and may be in need of a strong criminal defense attorney.

The father and his son entered the bank wearing traffic vests and sunglasses. It is alleged that the pair held the bank employees at gunpoint and demanded money. The daughter is accused of driving the getaway car.

Police were able to track the traffic vest purchases to a home improvement store. The suspects were seen on video surveillance purchasing the items. Based on the attire the suspects were wearing, police have also linked them to another bank robbery in Harris County where the alleged robbers wore painter outfits and masks.

Bank robbery is likely to result in a variety of federal felony charges. It is penalized differently because banks are considered federal institutions, and the federal charges are harsher than state level charges for robbery. The severity of the charges will generally vary depending on a number of factors, including how much money was taken and whether or not a weapon was used. It is also possible for a judge to order restitution and fines. An experienced criminal law attorney may be able to assist in getting some of the charges, fines and jail time reduced.

Source: Credit Union Times, Father, Daughter, Son Arrested in Texas CU Robbery, Natasha Chilingerian, Dec. 10, 2012

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