Police catch Eunice bank robbery suspect “red handed”

UPDATE: Eunice Police said they have arrested the suspect from this afternoon’s bank robbery.

Chief Randy Fontenot identified the suspect as Randy Courville.

Courville was caught “red-handed,” according to Fontenot, because he still had the red dye on his hands from the stolen money.

“Although he appeared to have showered he still had some red dye on his hands,” said Chief Fontenot.

Fontenot said the suspect, Randy Courville entered the St. Landry Bank, allegedly leaned over the counter, and grabbed money from two bank tellers’ drawers.

“While he was taking the money he also pulled out a dye pack, which he took with him. After he exited the bank the dye pack exploded leaving red dye on him.”

Fontenot said Courville fled the city but returned shortly after.

Courville was located just over an hour later near his residence with red dye on his hands.

“We pulled him out of the vehicle and noticed he still has some red dye on him. He was still wearing the same pants that he was wearing at the time of the robbery with the money still in his pants, also covered with red dye. So we caught that suspect red handed,” said Fontenot.

Police said a resident saw Courville approach the bank on a bicycle, dressed in suspicious clothing.

“A citizen seen how he was dressed, found it very suspicious, figured he was up to something no good at the bank. So when the suspect went into the bank the citizen took his bicycle and hid it so that he wouldn’t have any transportation when he exited the bank, which was a good move.”

Connor Campo works across the street from the bank. He said he’s glad the bank was prepared for this type of situation.

“That’s really kind of cool I guess. It’s cool what they can do now so they can easily spot somebody.”

Fontenot said Courville did not appear to be armed.

No injuries were reported.

Chief Fontenot said Courville will be charged with robbery.

EUNICE, La. (KLFY) – Police are on the scene of a bank robbery at the St. Landry Bank at 2nd and Laurel (Highway 190).

The robbery happened around 1:30 p.m. The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and a dust mask.

The suspect fled the scene after the robbery.

Police Chief Randy Fontenot said the suspect should be covered with red dye because a dye packet exploded on the suspect when he stole the money.

News 10 has a crew en route to the scene.

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