Waco: Suspected Bank Robbers Appear In Federal Court

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A man and a woman arrested minutes after a Waco bank was robbed made their first appearances Monday before a federal magistrate.

Carol Denise Taylor (left) who's also known as Carol Washington and Joseph Trotter III (Jail photos)

WACO (July 15, 2013)--A man and a woman arrested just minutes after a downtown Waco bank was robbed made their initial appearances Monday in a federal court.

U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Joseph Trotter, III and Carol Denise Taylor, also known as Carol Denise Washington, held without bond on charges of bank robbery.

In an affidavit presented at the hearing FBI Agent Benjamin Farr said at about 10:40 a.m. last Thursday a woman walked into the Community Bank and Trust building on Washington Ave., and handed a teller a note.

The teller, the affidavit says, handed over a little more than $5,000 in cash and the woman left the bank.

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 officers at the scene of the arrest also reported they found articles in the car, including cash, that they believed had been taken from the bank just minutes before, the affidavit said.

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

The affidavit also linked Trotter and Taylor to an earlier bank robbery in Waco that happened July 8.

At that robbery officers fanned out just after noon 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.

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