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Serial Bank Robber, Arrested as a Result of a Crime Stopper’s Tip, is Sentenced to 125 Months in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

DALLAS — A Dallas man, Joshua Sefnathn Chavez, 24, who admitted robbing or attempting to rob five banks in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex during the first two weeks of September 2015, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 125 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Chavez pleaded guilty in March 2016 to five counts of bank robbery.  He admitted entering each of the following five banks with the intent to commit bank robbery.  In most of the robberies, he acted similarly, handing a teller a bank bag and note, indicating it was a robbery, and indicating he had a gun.  In all but the bank robbery in North Richland Hills, the teller complied, giving Chavez cash. 

September 1, 2015         Chase Bank, 11611 Preston Road, Dallas

September 3, 2015         First Convenience Bank, 752 Wynnewood Village Shopping Center, Dallas

September 3, 2015         Bank of Texas, 3200 Heritage Trace Parkway, Fort Worth

September 9, 2015         Wells Fargo Bank, 6700 Iron Horse Boulevard, North Richland Hills

September 10, 2015       Comerica Bank, 2121 Maple-Routh Connection, Dallas

The Dallas Police Department issued a press release to the local media and to social media asking for the public’s help in identifying the bank robber.  Crime Stopper’s received a tip identifying Chavez as the suspect.     

The FBI and the Dallas Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Robinson prosecuted.

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Updated August 25, 2016

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