Man robs bank day before wedding to pay for ring, ceremony
GROVETON, TX - A Texas man has been arrested after his fiancée saw a social media post of him robbing a bank the day before his wedding so he could pay for the ring and the venue of his ceremony.
KLTV reports Heath Edward Bumpous was charged with aggravated robbery and booked into the Trinity County Jail for allegedly approaching a bank teller at Citizens State Bank in Groveton, Texas, claiming he had a weapon and then demanding money.
“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 Woody Wallace said.
After receiving news of the robbery, Wallace immediately posted pictures of the suspect on the Trinity County Sherriff’s Facebook page in hopes that the public would be able to provide tips that would lead to the capture of the suspect.
It was then that Bumpous’ fiancée saw the Facebook post and recognized him.
“His fiancée, who he was supposed to marry tomorrow, was able to get in touch with him on the phone when she saw our post on Facebook.
She knew it was him. She contacted him and asked him if he robbed a bank … she convinced him that she knew it was him. His picture was all on Facebook. He needed to turn himself in,” Wallace said.
After hearing his fiancée’s pleas, Bumpous turned himself in to the Houston County Courthouse and confessed.
Wallace says that most of the money was recovered along with clothes that he threw out of the window of his vehicle during his escape. The gun he had concealed was recovered as well.
He was booked on charges of aggravated robbery.