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Suspect arrested in Hurst bank robbery case

HURST — Police arrested a 42-year-old Benbrook man Saturday in connection with the April 24 robbery of Colonial Savings Bank that forced officials to lock down a nearby high school.

Police issued an arrest warrant for James Patrick Fout Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated robbery. Acting on an informant’s tip, Fout was arrested about 6:30 a.m. Saturday at a hotel in the 2000 block of Copeland Road in Arlington, police said.

Fout was in the Hurst jail late Saturday with bail set at $35,000.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Fout had lost his job 10 days before the robbery for bad attendance and was in the process of being evicted from his Benbrook apartment.

Bank employees told police that at about 12 p.m. April 24, a man wearing an orange jacket and carrying a large duffle bag walked into the bank, pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and ordered the lone customer inside to sit, the affidavit states.

The suspect then said,” I don’t want to hurt anyone but the cops killed my brother yesterday and I am going to jail for the rest of my life,” the affidavit states.

The suspect then ordered the tellers to get bundles of $100 and $50 bills, take the straps off and put them through a counter. The suspect then placed the bills inside a pipe before fleeing out a back door, according to the affidavit.

Several employees were warned by another worker to escape out the back door when the robbery started and managed to flag down a passerby who later told police he spotted the suspect running into an open field, the affidavit states.

A woman who approached police on the scene reported seeing the suspect walk into the restroom in a building just north of the bank, the affidavit states. A man sitting on the bench in front of the building told police he recognized the suspect as someone who worked for a collection agency inside the building, the affidavit states. Police discovered Fout, who matched the suspect’s description, had been fired from that company a week earlier.

Police visited Fout after the robbery at his apartment where he denied involvement in the heist, the affidavit states. His girlfriend told police soon after the day of the robbery Fout had bought drugs for himself and his girlfriend and asked her if she wanted to go to Shreveport, La., and gamble with him, the affidavit states.

Fout told police he was in rehab for a cocaine addiction and was trying to regain custody of his son, the affidavit states. Witnesses later picked Fout out of a photo lineup, the affidavit states.

Tarrant County court records show Fout has several past arrests for theft, theft by check, evading arrest and possession of drugs.

This report contains material from Star-Telegram archives.