East Texas Man Accused Of Robbing Bank To Pay For Wedding Ring

Steven Pickering
October 07, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - An East Texas man accused of robbing a bank on Friday told investigators he committed the robbery to get money for a wedding ring. Heath Edward Bumpous turned himself in at the urging of his fiancee, who recognized him from surveillance photos taken at the bank.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office issued an alert on October 4th after the Citizens State Bank in Groveton was robbed. That alert included surveillance photos of the suspect.

"His fiancee was able to get a touch with him on the phone when she saw our post on Facebook she knew it was him," said Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace. Bumpous' fiancee convinced him to surrender. Sheriff Wallace says Bumpous turned himself in to a deputy at the Houston County Courthouse and confessed to the robbery during an interview with investigators.

"He basically stated that he was getting married tomorrow so he didn't have enough money for a wedding ring that he wanted to buy and he needed to pay for the wedding venue," Sheriff Wallace said. "We were able to get back some of the money. We were able to find his clothes that he threw out on the side of the road when he was leaving the scene."

Bumpous is charged with aggravated robbery.