As police escorted suspected serial bank robber David Terrell, 32, of Nederland, out of the Beaumont Police station Wednesday night, he offered a short explanation.
"People have different circumstances that they face that's all it is," said Terrell.
Police say Terrell robbed two banks last week, one in Vidor and one in Beaumont, and possibly a third on Saturday.
12 News discovered what some of those "circumstances" in Terrell's life may have been. Terrell's former boss told 12 News by phone that she fired him from his job as a car salesman at a Beaumont dealership in November. The reason? She said he wasn't meeting expectations.
Neighbors say his life at home in a Nederland trailer park wasn't going well either.
12 News spoke with one woman who lives in the trailer park. She said that Terrell lived with a woman who kicked him out a few weeks back. She said Terrell asked a neighbor for a ride to Beaumont later that day. The neighbor who gave him a ride didn't want to be named but he said he had never seen Terrell before in his life, and explained what happened during the car ride.
"He didn't say much of anything. The whole time that he was in the vehicle he was pretty much just basically texting on his phone," the man said.
He said he drove Terrell to a hotel off I-10 and gave him $10 so he could buy a pack of cigarettes and do his laundry. When he got back, he heard that Terrell had taken money from the woman he believed to be Terrell's wife.
"She said 'Well I'm glad you gave him a ride and got him outta here but I'm really mad that you gave him $10 because he stole $500 from me this morning'," the neighbor said.
Whether losing his job and his trouble at home led Terrell to go on a bank robbery spree may never be known. What Terrell knows now - is the inside of a jail cell.
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