John Russell Lightner

WACO — A 34-year-old Killeen resident suspected of robbing a bank is being held without bond by the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Copperas Cove police said John Russell Lightner was apprehended in the Sept. 27 Fort Hood National Bank robbery in Copperas Cove and was charged in federal court.

“Due to the pending investigation and the cooperation with the other involved agencies, we waited to release this information,” Sgt. Kevin Keller, Copperas Cove Police Department spokesman, said Tuesday.

According to a CCPD news release, Lightner was arrested Oct. 22 by Killeen police during a traffic stop.

According to a U.S. District Court affidavit, police were given information about the location of a vehicle involved in the incident, and through surveillance efforts, officers allegedly identified Lightner as the driver.

After his arrest, Lightner reportedly confessed to robbing the bank so his girlfriend could pay her bills. Lightner allegedly entered the Fort Hood National Bank, provided the teller with a note, brandished a handgun, and demanded money from her, leaving the bank with more than $2,000, a CCPD release said.

Keller said since the incident involved a bank, the investigation was in conjunction with the FBI and federal charges were filed. Lightner may face additional charges in Coryell County, he added.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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Is this a mug shot or a candid photo? If its a mug shot then it takes the cake for nonsense. Whatever is the smiling about?

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