Suspect detained by Bedford resident faces bank robbery charge

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A Bedford man remained in federal custody Sunday on a bank robbery charge after authorities say he was apprehended by a resident near a Bedford bank that had been robbed.

The resident, who wasn't identified, pulled the suspect out of a getaway car that crashed near the Bedford bank and held him until patrol officers arrived.

The suspect was identified as Leslie Nashon Slayton, 33.

On Thursday, Slayton was ordered detained by U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey L. Cureton during a hearing in a Fort Worth federal court. Authorities arrested Slayton after the March 28 wreck in Bedford.

If convicted, Slayton faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

A federal criminal complaint gave this account:

On the afternoon of March 28, a man walked into Commercial Bank of Texas, 1716 Forest Ridge Drive in Bedford, wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket, a bandana over his face, gloves and brandishing what appeared to be a handgun. He ordered customers and several employees to the center of the lobby.

The suspect approached a teller and ordered her to give him all the money. She complied.

He walked to a second teller with the same orders, but she told him that she didn't have any money. At that, the robber ran out of the bank, sprinted to a nearby neighborhood and got into his parked getaway car, the complaint says.

The resident saw the suspect running from the bank. As the suspect drove away, the resident ran after the car in an attempt to write down the license-plate number.

At a nearby intersection, the suspect ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle.

The resident ran up to the wreck, pulled the suspect out and held him until police arrived.

A Euless patrol officer who was driving by stopped and handcuffed the suspect. Bedford patrol officers arrived a few seconds later and took the suspect into custody.

Bedford police found the stolen bank money, a disguise and a pellet gun that resembled a handgun in the suspect's car, according to the complaint.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,


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