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Bank robbery suspect captured in Jackson neighborhood

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According to officers with JPD, they have tracked an armed bank robber to a residential area of Claiborne Avenue in Jackson. (Source: MSNewsNow Anchor Cheryl Lasseter) According to officers with JPD, they have tracked an armed bank robber to a residential area of Claiborne Avenue in Jackson. (Source: MSNewsNow Anchor Cheryl Lasseter)
Travis Cortez Lewis, 24, is charged with bank robbery. (Source: JPD) Travis Cortez Lewis, 24, is charged with bank robbery. (Source: JPD)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Law enforcement blanketed Claiborne Avenue less than a quarter mile away from Provine High School Wednesday morning, looking for the man who robbed the Trustmark Bank in Westland Plaza just before 11 a.m. Within minutes, the police presence shifted one street over to Brandon Avenue.

"We hear sirens every day," said Chauncey Brown, who was chopping wood nearby, but this time was different. He suddenly heard police yelling about the bank robber being in the attic of the house across the street.

Detectives first searched underneath the vacant house, then asked the homeowner if they could enter. Then they pulled the suspect out, handcuffed him, and took him to JPD headquarters. Travis Cortez Lewis, 24, is charged with bank robbery. He's accused of passing a note to a bank teller asking for a specific amount of money and then fleeing the bank with the cash.

The homeowner, who asked not to go on camera, took our camera crew upstairs where the man had been hiding and showed us where police recovered the stolen money. He pointed to a commode.

"He took the top off and put it in there. That's where police say they found it," the homeowner said.

The time between Jackson Police responding to the bank alarm and handcuffing the suspect was about 45 minutes.

"With the assistance of the Hinds Co. Sheriff's Department, we were able to take the suspect into custody, as well as recover money," says JPD Deputy Chief Eric Wall. "We practice professionalism, and that's what kicked in today."

Provine High School, Hardy Middle School, Pecan Park Elementary School and a nearby private school all went on lockdown during the manhunt. 

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