Shreveport woman arrested in connection with 2 East Texas bank robberies

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 3:05pm

Tyler, Texas — Tyler Police tell KMSS Vanessa Ashford, the woman arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with today's Regions Bank robbery in Tyler, Tx, has confessed to both the Regions Bank robbery and a Telco Plus Credit Union robbery, also in Tyler, in February.

Ashford is from Shreveport, according to Tyler police.

Above is a photo of the woman being taken into custody.

The Tyler Police Department released the following information:

On March 29, 2012 the Tyler Police Department received a financial robbery alarm at the Regions Bank located at 1810 SSE Loop 323 in Tyler. Information was also received from employees at the bank that the suspect appeared to be a black female wearing a mask, grey shirt, blue sweatpants and black shoes. She reportedly brandished a large knife and left the location with an unknown amount of money. A partial license plate of the suspect vehicle was obtained along with a description of the vehicle, possibly a black Chevrolet Impala.

Tyler Police Officers responding to the area located a black Chevrolet Impala at University/Lazy Creek in Tyler and initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Vanessa Ashford, 27 years of age from Shreveport, LA. After a search of the vehicle officers located a bag full of money and an exploded die pack in the trunk of the Impala.

Ashford was arrested for Aggravated Robbery, a 1st degree felony. She was interviewed by detectives with the at the Tyler Police Department. She confessed to the Regions Bank robbery and also confessed to the robbery of the 2/29/12 Telco Credit Union robbery at 620 W. Front in Tyler. She was also arrested for Aggravated Robbery on that case.


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