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Arrest warrant issued in Hurst bank robbery

HURST -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a 42-year-old Benbrook man accused of robbing a bank last week that forced officials to lock down a nearby high school as police searched for the bandit.

The warrant identified the man as James Patrick Fout, who police say knew the layout of Colonial Savings because he had worked at a nearby office.

Tips from witnesses led police to issue the warrant for Fout, Hurst police Sgt. Craig Teague said Friday. The warrant charges Fout with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

A man walked into the bank in the 1500 block of Norwood Drive shortly before noon on April 24, dressed in an orange jacket, police said. The man displayed a double-barrel sawed-off shotgun, demanded money and walked out after receiving an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

Before walking into the bank, the man had propped open a rear door, police said.

He was last seen running into a culvert east of the bank -- toward L.D. Bell High School on Brown Trail near Airport Freeway.

School officials locked down the school and kept it that way for almost two hours while police searched for the robber.

Anyone with information should call the FBI at 817-989-8259, Hurst police at 817-788-7180 or CrimeStoppers at 817-469-8477.