PLANO, Texas – A 58-year-old Fort Worth, Texas man has been
found guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced
U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Wayne Alan Watson was found guilty of three counts of armed bank robbery today
by a jury following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia A.
According to information presented in court, Watson robbed three credit unions
in the Eastern District of Texas: the City Credit Union located in Gainesville,
Texas, on Oct. 16, 2017; the Altra Federal Credit Union located in Tyler,
Texas, on Dec. 1, 2017; and the Texoma Educators Federal Credit Union in
Denison, Texas, on Dec. 19, 2017. In each of the robberies, Watson
displayed a gun and by force, violence, and intimidation robbed employees of
the credit unions of currency. Additional robberies linked to Watson in
Austin, Texas, and Wichita Falls, Texas, which occurred in January of 2018, led
to his identification as the serial robber. A search warrant was executed
at Watson’s residence in Fort Worth on Feb. 13, 2018, where the vehicle used in
two of the robberies, a 2015 red Volkswagen Jetta, was located, in addition to
several articles of clothing Watson wore in each of the robberies. Watson
was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 14, 2018 and charged in the
Eastern District of Texas with federal violations.
Under federal statutes, Watson faces a maximum of 20
years in federal prison for each charge at sentencing. The maximum
statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information
purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the
advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing
hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation
by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
Texas Department of Public Safety-Texas Rangers Division, Gainesville Police
Department, Tyler Police Department, Denison Police Department, Austin Police
Department, and the Wichita Falls Police Department. The case was
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lesley Davis Brooks and Maureen Smith.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas