Alleged Lindale bank robber caught in Philippines

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 3:27pm

An alleged East Texas bank robber has been brought back to America after he was caught in the Philippines.

The Lindale Police Department and FBI went to DFW International Thursday, and with the assistance of US Customs agents, Anthony Rios, 43, of Lindale, was arrested as he exited an airplane after arriving from the Philippines.

The accused criminal was transported to the Smith County Jail by the Lindale Police Department and FBI after processing him in Grapevine. Rios was booked in for the aggravated robbery committed on September 12 at the Capital One Bank on South Main Street in Lindale.

Rios, who was wearing a towel wrapped around his face, allegedly entered the bank armed with a handgun and robbed it. He was last seen making off with an unknown some of money in his car, headed south on Highway 69 toward Tyler.

The thief's car, which was covered in red from a dye pack explosion, was found afterward at the airport parking garage in Dallas  Law enforcement suspected he was en route to the Phillip pines and were able to pinpoint the flight he had boarded.

Rios' bond is set at $750,000.

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