Man accused of robbing local bank moves closer to trial

Surveillance photo. (Killeen Police Dept.)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A federal magistrate on Wednesday ordered the case of a Killeen man accused of bank robbery transferred to U.S. District Court for trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Jeramie Allen Bledsoe's case transferred to U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright's docket with jury selection and trial set for Jan. 22.

The court record also shows Albright accepted the transfer.

Bledsoe, of Waco, court documents show, is charged with stealing several hundred dollars on Aug. 25, 2018 in a holdup at the BBVA Compass Bank in the 1300 block of East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen.

He handed a teller a note demanding money, investigators reported.

The federal complaint regarding the robbery says on the day of the robbery a man walked into BBVA Compass Bank, in Killeen, wearing a camouflage cap, sunglasses, and a blue, long-sleeve, button-down shirt.

"The male approached the teller counter and presented the teller with a note," the complaint says.

The note instructed the teller to give the robber all of the $l00, $50 and $20 dollar bills in her cash drawer and not to "press the button."

The man took the cash and left the area in a black Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Investigators were able to use video and photos from surveillance systems to obtain a good likeness of the robber and those, plus at least three tips to Crime Stoppers, even one from a family member, led agents to Bledsoe.

FBI agents, after an investigation undertaken by both federal agents and Killeen police, obtained a warrant for Bledsoe's arrest.

He was taken into custody on Sept. 5 in a hotel parking lot in Victoria.