Aug 24, 2011 8:12 PM by Shawn Kline
A suspected bank robber doesn't get far before agents are hot on his trail.
Police say an FBI agent was in the right place at the right time.
Lafayette Police say only eight people were inside a MidSouth bank when 39-year-old Hermon Manning II walked in.
"He approached the teller, provided a note... demanding he wanted money." Cpl. Paul Mouton says, "he was provided with money and he exited the bank on foot."
But the suspect wasn't alone. The FBI also has an office in the same building on the seventh floor.
Police say it didn't take long for an agent to follow Manning nearly three blocks where police arrested him minutes after the robbery happened.
"(The agent) spotted him leaving the bank," Mouton said. "He found it very suspicious and discovered the bank robbery had occurred and then contacted Lafayette Police who then located him at Parkside and University and took him into custody without incident."
Manning is charged with simple robbery but some of KATC's facebook fans are accusing him of simple stupidity.
Latoya Jacobs writes on our wall, "with all the technology and cameras, how do they think they'll get away?" She adds, "and didn't they see the Sheriff's Office is practically next door?"
Another says, "bank robberies are so played out." She asks, "When will they learn?"
Manning is being held right across the street from the bank at the Lafayette Parish Jail.