Man who robbed local bank, shot at officer, ‘wanted a better life’
A man who fired a shotgun blast at a Hewitt police officer pursuing him after a bank robbery told authorities “he was tired of working in the fast food industry and that he wanted a better life,” a federal affidavit says.
Dallas Scott Bohanan, 25, admitted to an investigator that he robbed the Pointwest Bank on Feb. 5 in Hewitt and also that he was responsible for holdups on Nov. 15, 2016 at the Chase Bank at 320 North New Road in Waco and at the Temple Santa Fe Community Credit Union on Nov. 23, 2016 at 1750 West Ave. A in Temple, the affidavit says.
The robber fired a shotgun round into the ceiling after the Chase robbery and ordered “everybody down,” the affidavit says.
During the credit union robbery eight days later, the robber fired four rounds from an AK-47 into the ceiling, the affidavit says.
In each of the three holdups, the robber wore a white skeleton or skull mask, the affidavit says.
A skull mask was recovered from Bohanan’s pickup after the truck crashed into a fence as he tried to escape from police following the Feb. 5 robbery.
Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said Monday he was “surprised we hadn’t run across him before, but not surprised he acted in two other robberies and showed a significant amount of violence in those robberies as well.”
“It just proves it’s paramount he was taken off the streets and put into custody.”
The robber, identified in the affidavit as Bohanan, entered the Hewitt bank just after 9 a.m. on Feb. 5 wearing a skull mask and carrying a .22 caliber rifle and a backpack.
He demanded money and began to smash phones in the bank with the butt of the rifle, the affidavit says.
One live .22 caliber round was found inside the bank, the affidavit says.
As he left the bank, the robber fired at least two rounds in the direction of Hewitt Officer Clint Brandon and then fled.
Brandon was on a call near the bank and arrived just as the suspect was leaving.
The robber got into his truck and sped off with the officer in pursuit, but stopped in the 100 block of North Hewitt Drive, got out, and opened fire again on the officer, this time with a shotgun, Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said.
Brandon was struck in the upper arm, but despite his injury, continued the chase until other officers arrived, and then pulled over at the intersection of Bagby Avenue and Corporation Parkway.
"He continued into the pursuit, he continued pursuing the whole time because he was there and he wanted to get the bad guy," said Devlin. "The officer was a warrior."
Police took the injured officer to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center where he was treated and later released.
Other officers continued the pursuit, which ended in a crash at Garden Drive and Wingate Drive, northeast of University High School, where the robber's truck crashed through the fence of a corner house.
The suspect ran after the crash, but was caught a few blocks away by Waco police officers just before 9:30 a.m.
Investigators recovered a backpack and a shotgun from the yard of the home.
The backpack contained nearly $3,000 in cash.
Bohanan, who’s held without bond, is set for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 19.