Anonymous donor adds own reward
by Bill Clough
Oct 04, 2012 | 3667 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — When Orlando Vasquez, president of the Texas Champion Bank here, arrived at work Tuesday, he knew it was not going to be a routine banking day.

That’s because an anonymous person — or persons — already had called Vasquez to meet as soon as he got to work.

The caller was waiting at the front door for the bank to open at 9 a.m.

In only a few minutes, the business was transacted: the establishment of a $5,000 account leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer of Brien Hickman.

“This is out of the ordinary,” Vasquez says. “The donor just pulled out a checkbook, wrote a check for $5,000 and asked the bank to take care of the details.”

Because the donor wished to remain anonymous, Vasquez refused to reveal if the donor was a person or a couple or whether the donor had an account at the bank.

Vasquez says others are invited to add to the account.

If the police determine that someone legitimately has earned the reward, Vasquez explains, Texas Champion Bank will cut a cashier’s check for the claimant — thereby still protecting the anonymity of the donor.

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at

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