Galveston police make arrest shortly after bank robbery


GALVESTON, Texas – A man accused of robbing a bank was arrested by Galveston police. The robbery happened around 4:20 p.m. Friday at the IBC Bank on 200 Seawall Blvd..

Police said they received a report that a hold-up alarm was triggered and then received a call shortly after that the IBC Bank had been robbed.

An officer saw a man three blocks away from the bank that matched the description of the robber at the intersection of 8th Street and Avenue K.

Investigators said Cleotis Ward, 55, evaded arrest for two blocks before being detained.

Ward is being charged with aggravated robbery with a firearm and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. If convicted, Ward's charge could carry a prison sentence of five to 99 years.

Police said that bank employees told them Ward came into the bank wielding a gun and demanded money. Officials said Ward fled the bank on foot after receiving an unspecified amount of cash.

There were no injuries during the robbery.