Lubbock Man Admits Robbing Two Banks and One Credit Union
Defendant Admits Robbing First United Bank, Plains Capital Bank and Alliance Federal Credit Union
LUBBOCK, Texas — Jeffrey Hensley, 42, of Lubbock, Texas, appeared before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings today and pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery and credit union robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison and a $750,000 fine. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the completion of that report. Hensley has been in custody since his arrest in April 2013.
According to documents filed in the case, on September 14, 2012, at approximately 1:25 p.m., Hensley, carrying a bank bag and wearing blue jeans, a gray pull-over and a black baseball cap, entered the First United Bank, 9801 Indiana Avenue, in Lubbock, opened the bag and removed a note that he passed to a teller. The note stated words to the effect of: “Don’t make me show my weapon.” Hensley told the teller, “Give me your bundles. Keep your hand away from your button and quit stalling.” The teller surrendered cash to Hensley who placed most of it in the bank bag, retrieved the note and exited the bank.
On December 8, 2012, at approximately 4:54 p.m., Hensley, carrying a bank bag, entered the Plains Capital Bank, 6002 Slide Road in Lubbock and handed a teller a note that read: “Fill the bag with all the money in the drawer - if I have to show my weapon I will use it - you have 15 seconds!!” Hensley ordered the teller to put the money in the bag and lifted his hooded sweatshirt as if to partially display a firearm. The teller surrendered cash and Hensley stuffed the money inside the bank bag and exited the bank.
On February 13, 2013, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Hensley entered the Alliance Federal Credit Union, 6601 Indiana Avenue in Lubbock, walked up to a teller and handed him a note. Hensley then handed a pink cosmetic bag to the teller and told her: “Hurry up! Everything in the drawer goes in the bag. Put the money in the bag. Put the money in the bag.” The teller surrendered the cash to Hensley who put it in the pink bag and exited the bank.
On April 22, 2013, a federal search warrant was executed at Hensley’s residence and he was arrested. Hensley admitted committing the robberies but informed detectives with the Lubbock Police Department (LPD) that although a firearm was found at his residence, he never carried that firearm during any of the robberies.
This case is being investigated by the FBI, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the LPD and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Haag is in charge of the prosecution.
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