Two Arrested After Bank Robbery May Be Linked To Earlier Holdups

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WACO (July 11, 2013)—A man and a woman were in custody Thursday evening after a robbery at the Community Bank & Trust at 1800 Washington Ave. in Waco and police say they may be linked to two earlier bank robberies.

Carol Denise Taylor (left) who's also known as Carol Washington and Joseph Trotter III were in the McLennan County Jail Thursday evening. (Jail photos)

Carol Denise Taylor, 45, who also goes by the name Carol Washington, and Joseph Trotter III, 34, both of Waco, were in the McLennan County Jail Thursday evening on a federal hold for the FBI.

The robbery was reported at around 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

Moments later, officers in the area spotted the vehicle in which the robber fled and pulled it over in front of the Waco Montessori School in the 2000 block of Columbus Avenue after a brief pursuit.

A man and a woman were in the vehicle.

The man ran, but officers arrested him after using a Taser to subdue him.

The woman, who police say robbed the bank, was also arrested.

The nearby Montessori school was already secured, but initiated a shelter in place plan as a precaution.

The man and woman may be linked to two other bank robberies in Waco, the most recent of which happened Monday, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Officers fanned out just after noon Monday in the downtown area after a woman robbed the Wells Fargo bank at 300 Franklin Ave.

The woman walked into the bank at around noon, handed a teller a threatening note and demanded money, police said.

She left through a side door on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The woman was black, in her 30s, stood about 5-foot-4, weighed about 140 pounds, and was wearing a leopard print dress.

The woman roughly matched the description of a woman who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank, at 1105 Wooded Acres Dr. on June 26.

The woman walked into the bank, told employees she had a gun and demanded money.

Employees said they never saw a weapon.

The woman, who was black, in her 30s, and was wearing a blue top and black pants, left the bank on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

Swanton said the two arrested Thursday aren’t believed to be linked to the robbery Monday of the C-T Waco Credit Union at 7804 Central Park Dr. in Waco.

On Tuesday the FBI obtained an arrest warrant for Darryl Rashad Stoglin, 29, in connection with the credit union robbery.

He has prior weapons arrests and was described as armed and dangerous.

Carol Denise Taylor (Jail photo)