Suspected serial bank robber to remain in federal custody

12/05/2013 2:05 PM

12/05/2013 2:44 PM

A 21-year-old man who last week confessed to robbing four banks in a three-day span last week in Fort Worth was ordered detained Thursday by a federal judge.

Trevin Jamal Hartfield was arrested Thanksgiving Day after surrendering to authorities while accompanied by his pastor, federal court documents show.

On Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton ordered Hartfield to remain in custody until his trial. The order said Hartfield is a flight risk and danger to the community based on a pending state probation revocation, a history of substance abuse, and the most recent allegations against him.

Hartifield is suspected in four bank robberies: the Wells Fargo bank at 6300 Camp Bowie Blvd. on Nov. 25; the Bank of America at 5651 E. Lancaster Ave. and the Wells Fargo at 1001 E. Berry St. on Nov. 26; and the Wells Fargo at 6112 McCart Avenue on Nov. 27.

He was charged Monday with one count of bank robbery stemming from the Nov. 25 hold-up, court records show.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, employees told police that a man waited in line at the bank, then slid a note to the teller after being called to the counter. The note, handwritten in pencil on a brown piece of paper, said something to the effect of, “If you value your life, you’ll give me all your money,” according to the complaint.

Surveillance cameras caught images of the robber, which were later released to the media by Fort Worth police in hopes of identifying him.

On Nov. 28, Hartfield, accompanied by his pastor, approached a clerk at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s bond desk and said he wanted to turn himself in for robbing banks, the complaint states.

Hartfield agreed to accompany sheriff’s deputies to police headquarters across the street, where he spoke to Fort Worth detectives and confessed to robbing the four banks, the complaint states.

In August, Hartfield had been sentenced to six months deferred adjudication probation on a charge of possession of marijuana, Tarrant County court records show.

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