Bank robber who fired at Texarkana police pleads guilty

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A man who fired a pistol at police following a robbery at the Bank of the Ozarks on Richmond Road in Texarkana, Texas, pleaded guilty to two crimes during a hearing Tuesday afternoon in federal court.

Dixon Kelley, 43, pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence at a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Kelley, who is represented by Texarkana attorney Craig Henry, faces up to 25 years in prison for the robbery. For discharging a firearm during the robbery, Kelley faces an additional sentence of 10 years to life in prison which must be served consecutively to his sentence for the robbery. Each offense also includes the possibility of a fine up to $250,000.

Kelley was wearing a black hoodie, a black mask, black pants and black gloves when he walked into the Bank of the Ozarks and pointed an orange pistol at two bank tellers, according to documents on file in Kelley’s case. Kelley kept the gun pointed at the tellers while they placed $5,246 in cash in a bag. Kelley took the money and fled in his black Dodge Charger. While driving north on Richmond Road, Kelley’s car was spotted by a Texarkana, Texas, police officer. Officers chased Kelley until he became stuck in the mud in a field.

Location where chase ended.

Kelley fired one shot at police which hit a patrol car. Kelley attempted to fire additional shots at the officers but his gun jammed. When Kelley couldn’t fix the Lorcin 9 mm pistol, he took off running but was quickly apprehended.

Kelley will be scheduled for formal sentencing before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in several months. He is currently being held in the Bowie County jail.
Listen to police radio traffic of the incident below.

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