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Authorities arrest man accused of 2 DWIs, 2 robberies in same day

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 3:36pm

Tyler police have arrested the man accused of robbing a Tyler Walgreens and Brookshires over the wekeend.

At around 10:35 a.m. on Monday, officer arrested Russell Lane Thompson, 34, of Tyler in connection with the an aggravted robbery that happened at Walgreens on Saturday. Lane was arrested at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital where he was a patient and released to police after receiving treatment.

According to the Tyler Police Department, Lane was stopped around 8:00 a.m. Saturday by officers and charged with driving while intoxicated. Lane bonded out of Smith County Jail later that day.

Around 5:00 p.m. on the same day, an aggravated robbery occurred at Brookshire’s Pharmacy on Hwy. 155 South near Lake Palestine. That is being investigated by the Smith County Sheriff’s Department. Lane is a suspect in the case.

At 7:00 p.m., Lane walked into Walgreens located at S. Broadway and Rieck Rd. and held up the pharmacy at gunpoint, taking numerous pills. Police searched the area, but were unable to find him.

At 8:20 p.m., the Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol stopped Lane in Jacksonville, Texas for driving while intoxicated. During the course of the arrest, troopers found evidence in Lane’s vehicle connected to the Robbery at Walgreens in Tyler.

After Lane was taken into custody, he became unconscious due to a drug overdose. Lane was flown to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital by helicopter from Jacksonville and was admitted into the ICU.

An arrest warrant was issued for Lane on an aggravated robbery charge and served when he was released from the hospital Monday morning.

Lane is currently in the Smith County Jail with a bond set at $400,000 by Judge Kennedy.

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