The robbery suspect that shot a police officer last Tuesday is connected to two other local bank robberies in 2016, according to a federal complaint.
Dallas Bohanan wore a white skeleton mask when he robbed each bank.
In November of 2016, Bohanan robbed the Chase Bank on New Road in Waco and the Temple Santa Fe Community Credit Union on West Avenue in Temple within 8 days of each other. In each robbery, surveillance footage captured him leaving in a light tan, older model, extended cab Dodge pickup. The FBI believed the robberies were connected but were never able to identify the suspect.
A little over two years later, the same robbery suspect resurfaced in Hewitt.
On Feb. 5, 2019, Bohanan robbed the Pointwest Bank on 420 N. Hewitt Drive carrying a .22 caliber rifle and a backpack. He smashed victims' phones with his rifle as he demanded money to be placed in the backpack. He was able to run out of the bank with almost $3,500.
Unlike the other two robberies in 2016, Bohanan was caught exiting the bank by law enforcement, and he fired at least two rounds at the responding officer. The officer, Clint Brandon, was brought to the hospital, and a police chase ensued.
Bohanan continued to fire shots at police during the chase. He eventually lost control of his vehicle, crashing and spilling money into the street in a nearby area. He continued to try to escape on foot but was soon captured by the Waco Police Department.
Officer Brandon was able to go home the day of the shooting and is in good spirits, according to the Hewitt police chief.
During an interview with Bohanan, he told police he was tired of working in the fast food industry and wanted a better life. He admitted to robbing Pointwest Bank in Hewitt, but he said it was his first robbery.
But then, police presented him with the skeleton mask that was found near the crash. He quickly admitted to the other two robberies.
He was able to detail to police what happened before, during and after each robbery. He also told police they could ask his mother, and she would be able to find the AK-47 that was used in the Temple bank robbery.
When police searched his residence, they found the gun and over 2,000 rounds of ammunition.
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