East Texas crime spree suspect on trial


A Red River County, Texas, man accused of car jacking, robbing a bank, robbing a movie theater, and robbing a convenience store in 2015 is scheduled for jury selection Monday before a federal judge in Texarkana.

Bobby Wayne Lance, 50, allegedly robbed staff at a Cinemark Movies 8 Cinema in Paris, Texas in Lamar County at gunpoint Nov. 8, 2015. The first count of the indictment accuses Lance of the theater robbery and count two accuses him of brandishing a gun during the crime.

According to the third count of Lance’s indictment, he robbed the Carter’s Store and RV Park convenience store near DeKalb, Texas on FM 990 in Bowie County on Nov. 15, 2015, the week after the theater holdup. The fourth count alleges Lance used a firearm in the Bowie County robbery.

Two of the counts listed in Lance’s indictment accuse him of brandishing a firearm during a robbery Nov. 17, 2015, of the First National Bank of Mount Vernon, Cypress Springs Branch, in Franklin County two days after the convenience store robbery in Bowie County. Lance allegedly got away with $73,946 of the bank’s money.

The indictment also accuses Lance of carjacking a gray 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck at gunpoint the same day he held up the bank. A notice of forfeiture attached to Lance’s indictment states the government intends to recover the $73,946 Lance took from the bank and seeks Lance’s forfeiture of a Taurus model .38 special revolver seized from him at the time of his arrest.

Lance was reportedly arrested Nov. 20, 2015, at his home in Avery, Texas. The proceeds from the bank robbery and other evidence linking him to the robberies were alleged found during the search.

Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin Monday before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Lance is represented by Texarkana attorney Jeff Harrelson.

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