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Arrested bank robbery suspects may be involved in previous robberies


A man and woman were arrested Thursday after leading police on a chase after they robbed a Waco bank. The two robbed The Community Bank & Trust in the 1800 block of Washington Ave. just before 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to police, 45 year old Carol Denise Taylor and 34 year old Joseph Trotter III worked as a team. Taylor apparently passed the teller a note threatening a weapon, but there were not weapons displayed in the robbery. The two got away and left the scene in a car.

An officer noticed a car that was linked with previous Waco bank robberies last week. That officer tried to stop the car, but the suspects led police on a short chase before stopping in the alleyway of the 1900 block of Columbus Ave.

Waco resident Aric Kinsey heard the sirens from inside his home.

"I came outside and then I see them loop around over here and I saw the police get out with a dog and one of them tells whoever it is to get on the ground," Kinsey said.

Kinsey says he never saw the suspects but heard a pop. That sound was actually officers using a stun gun on the male suspect who tried to run away.

Police arrested both Taylor and Trotter and found evidence in the car that linked them to the Community Bank & Trust robbery.

"We knew that they were involved in the bank robbery this morning and we have a strong belief they were involved in the past two Wells Fargo bank robberies but that's yet to be determined," Waco PD spokesperson Patrick Swanton said.

Those two previous Waco robberies involved a woman passing a note threatening a weapon. Swanton says they believe the man was involved in them as well.

The chase ended quickly Thursday because there were so many officers responding to the robbery call. Swanton says they were a little on edge after the previous robberies.

"When you get those we're a little jumpy on those. You can rest assured we dispatch officers to these but there are additional officers that are going that way as well," Swanton said.

There were no injuries in the robbery or chase.

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