A Waco man robbed the Chase Bank in the Bellmead Walmart on Thursday morning and was arrested shortly after he walked out of the store, Bellmead police Lt. Kory Martin said.

William Juan Bridgewater, 63, walked into the business at about 10:30 a.m. and handed a note to a Chase employee that said "This is a Robbery give me all your money," Martin said. Employees gave the man $7,004 in cash, and he walked out, Martin said.

"He walked outside, and we were notified that he left," he said. "Then units arriving on scene were able to identify him with the early description we had of him and arrested him standing right outside."

Police found the cash on Bridgewater when he was arrested, but he did not have a firearm, Martin said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was called to assist with possible federal charge, he said.

Bridgewater was taken to McLennan County Jail on a charge of robbery. Martin said no one was hurt, and the investigation is continuing.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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