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Bank Robbery Suspect Recently Paroled

By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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Brackshear Booker, left, and Robert Hanson
(credit: HPD)

Brackshear Booker, left, and Robert Hanson
(credit: HPD)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to reports, one of two alleged bank robbers had a previous conviction of murder and was recently paroled.

The bank robbery suspect who led police officers on a chase that lasted nearly an hour is a convicted murderer. Earlier this week, a chase ensured after two men robbed a Trustmark Bank located on the Katy Freeway just before 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The driver led officers on a chase around the 610 Loop and down Interstate 45. It ended on Scott near Noah,after the suspect’s minivan was not able to drive due to flattened tires; authorities deployed spikes earlier during the chase.

One of the men arrested was 48-year-old Brackshear Booker who was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 1989.

Additional reports indicate that Booker was denied parole in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2010, but finally granted parole in June 2012. Because of good behavior as well as completion of a three-month pre-release program, Booker was released from prison.

During Wednesday’s robbery, Booker was accompanied by 24-year-old Robert Hansen who, according to court records, was on probation for a 2011 charge of burglary of a building.

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