Hewitt: Man accused of robbing bank, shooting officer held without bond

Dallas Scott Bohanan. (Jail photo)
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HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) A federal judge ordered a man accused of robbing a Hewitt bank and two others to be held without bond at his arraignment hearing on Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske ordered Dallas Scott Bohanan, 25, to remain in federal custody without bond and arraigned him on a three-count charge of bank robbery aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of using a firearm during the commission of a federal felony.

Bohanan did not appear in the courtroom, but his attorney Russ D. Hunt, of Waco, entered a plea of not guilty to all charges, courtroom records showed.

Manske did not docket any additional hearings.

Bohanan, 25, remains in the McLennan County Jail where he also faces state charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest.

His bonds on the state charges total $160,000, but the federal detainer prevents his release on bond.

Bohanan admitted to an investigator that he robbed the Pointwest Bank on Feb. 5 in Hewitt, after which he shot a police officer.

He also said 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, an arrest 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.

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.

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.