Mansfield Man Charged in Armed Robbery of Grandview Bank
DALLAS—A Mansfield, Texas, man has been charged in a federal criminal complaint with committing the takeover-style, armed robbery last week of the Grandview Bank in Grandview, Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Michael Dwayne Bailey, 41, made his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan, who ordered that he remain in custody pending a detention hearing set for Friday, September 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.
According to the complaint, on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at approximately noon, a man wearing a Texas Longhorns baseball cap, sunglasses, black leather jacket, dark glasses, and subsequently identified as the alleged robber, entered the Grandview Bank located at 105 East Criner Street. He approached a teller, who noticed he was wearing a dark bandana over the lower half of his face, pointed a handgun at the teller, and demanded money.
In fear for her life, the teller froze. The robber climbed on the counter and through the teller window and pointed the handgun directly at the teller’s face, and repeated his demand. Again, fearing for her life, the teller began withdrawing cash from her cash drawer, and the robber reached into the drawer and began grabbing money. The teller handed the money to the robber who took all of it and ran out of the bank. By this time, other bank employees had called 911. An observer saw the robber run to a red, two-door coupe with disabled veteran plates and notified law enforcement.
Acting on the tip, an officer with the Alvarado Police Officer caught up with the robber and activated his red and blue lights and siren, signaling the robber to stop, but the robber did not pull over. Instead, a high-speed pursuit ensued, and officers from several police agencies joined the Alvarado Police Department. They pursued the robber to the city of Mansfield, Texas, and during the pursuit, the robber drove on the wrong side of the road on I-35 and onto the shoulder before ultimately blowing a tire. Speeds even reached 150 miles per hour during the pursuit. The robber and a female passenger were both arrested.
At the time of his arrest, Bailey was wearing a Texas Longhorns ball cap, sunglasses, a black leather jacket and dark pants. The police also recovered the dark-colored bandanna. Knowing the robber was armed, officers searched the car and located a Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition.
The female passenger was identified as Bailey’s 19-year-old daughter. Officers located the exact amount of cash stolen in the robbery in her purse.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. If convicted of this offense, however, Bailey faces up to 25 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment.
The FBI, Alvarado Police Department and Mansfield Police Department are investigating. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay is prosecuting.