Tarrant County Man Guilty in East Texas Armed Bank Robberies - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Tarrant County Man Guilty in East Texas Armed Bank Robberies

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    Tarrant County Man Guilty in East Texas Armed Bank Robberies

    A 58-year-old Fort Worth, Texas man has been found guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown Thursday.

    Wayne Alan Watson was found guilty of three counts of armed bank robbery today by a jury following a three-day trial.

    According to information presented in court, Watson robbed three credit unions in the Eastern District of Texas: the City Credit Union located in Gainesville, Texas, on Oct. 16, 2017; the Altra Federal Credit Union located in Tyler, Texas, on Dec. 1, 2017; and the Texoma Educators Federal Credit Union in Denison, Texas, on Dec. 19, 2017. In each of the robberies, Watson displayed a gun and by force, violence, and intimidation, robbed employees.

    Additional robberies linked to Watson in Austin, Texas, and Wichita Falls, Texas, which occurred in January of 2018, led to his identification as the serial robber. A search warrant was executed at Watson's residence in Fort Worth on Feb. 13, 2018, where the vehicle used in two of the robberies, a 2015 red Volkswagen Jetta, was located, in addition to several articles of clothing Watson wore in each of the robberies.

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    Under federal statutes, Watson faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each charge at sentencing.

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