Quezada charged with kidnapping woman during bank robbery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Quezada charged with kidnapping woman during bank robbery

Graciano Quezada, mug shot from Lynn County S.O. Graciano Quezada, mug shot from Lynn County S.O.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The man accused on Monday of robbing a Central Lubbock Wells Fargo bank branch was held Tuesday in the Lubbock County Jail on a list of charges including aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, felon in possession of a firearm, evading arrest, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

The FBI was invited to join the investigation of Graciano Quezada, 35, on Monday, but as of Tuesday only state charges, not federal charges were listed in official records. 

Police say on Monday afternoon Quezada went into the bank at 50th & Quaker wearing a ski mask, pointing a gun at people and announcing a robbery.  Including both customers and staff, there were 30 people inside. 

Investigators say he sped away from the bank, leading police on a high speed chase into Lynn County, where he was stopped and arrested.   Early Tuesday morning he was transferred from the Lynn County Jail to Lubbock County. 

Online jail records say Quezada is homeless.  He was held Tuesday in lieu of bonds totaling $320,000.

A police report says Quezada not only pointed a pistol at one of the bank employees but he also forced a woman at gunpoint to go with him to the front of the bank.  It says he pointed a gun at 3 people in all.

Quezada's prior criminal history includes the armed robbery of a credit union in New Mexico in 2001, for which he was made to serve prison sentences of more than 11 years. 

As part of that case more than 10 years ago, Quezada's brothers were accused of using motor vehicles to try to box in the jail transport vehicle when Quezada was sentenced in his previous federal case.  The records say his brothers even engaged the transport van in a high speed chase of more than 90 miles per hour.   There were no injuries, and Quezada was successfully transported to the jail in Sandoval County, NM.

As for the bank robbery on Monday, the narrative of a police report is copied below.  "A1" refers to Quezada.

A1 ENTERED THE BANK AT 4323 50TH ST AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE EMPLOYEES WHILE POINTING A PISTOL AT V1-3, CAUSING THEM TO FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES. A1 FORCED V3 TO THE FRONT OF THE BANK WHILE HOLDING HIS PISTOL AND CAUSING HER TO FEAR FOR HER LIFE. A1 FLED THE SCENE IN A VEHICLE WHICH A1 WAS NOT AUTHORIZED TO DRIVE, THEN REFUSED TO STOP FOR A MARKED PATROL VEHICLE ATTEMPTING TO STOP A1. A1 WAS UNLAWFULLY IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.

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