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Suspected bank robber tries to flee in U-Haul truck but runs out of gas

An accused bank robber fled in this U-Haul truck, but it ran out of gas.
An accused bank robber fled in this U-Haul truck, but it ran out of gas. Fort Worth Police Officers Association

A man accused of robbing a bank in west Fort Worth on Thursday afternoon fled in a U-Haul truck but ran out of gas a couple of miles away and was captured shortly afterward.

Ernesto Pecson, 41, remained in the Mansfield Jail on Friday with his bail set at $75,000, according to jail records.

Pecson was arrested after he robbed Liberty Bank in the 2400 block of Merrick Street, near Camp Bowie Boulevard, said Sgt. Marc Povero, a police spokesman.

When officers arrived at the bank at 2:31 p.m., employees described Pecson and his vehicle. Several witnesses had seen the truck speeding west from the area, Povero said.

A police helicopter spotted the truck at the intersection of the West Freeway service road and Green Oaks Road, about 2 miles west of the bank.

The officer in the helicopter saw Pecson walking away from the truck. Officers on the ground located and arrested him.

Povero said the arrest took only about 30 minutes to make because of a special task force put in place in response to recent bank robberies in the area.

In an unrelated case, Pecson also faces two state jail felony charges for forging checks from a Southlake garage door company.

District clerk records list Pecson’s address as in Arlington.