Vidor Women Arrested for Lake Charles Bank Robbery

Published 9:49 am Monday, March 20, 2017

By Eric Williams

The Orange Leader

The Whitney Bank branch on Country Club Road  In Lake Charles was robbed Saturday morning, authorities confirmed.

The robbery happened around 11 a.m.

Authorities say a caller tipped them off about the incident. The caller then followed the suspect, forcing her to stop at a local business on Nelson Road, restraining her until police arrived.

One person has been apprehended, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman.

Authorities arrested Eva Powell, 50, from Vidor.

Police say Powell walked into the bank and presented a teller with a note demanding money.

The teller complied and the suspect fled the bank, but she was later apprehended at a nearby business.

Powell is charged with first-degree robbery, drug possession and drug paraphernalia

She was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center

The investigation is ongoing.