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'Scarecrow Bandits' indicted on more charges

The seven members of the so-called "Scarecrow Bandits" have been indicted by a federal grand jury on an additional 41 charges related to nine 2008 armed bank heists in North Texas.

Included is the robbery of a Bank of America last May on South Hulen Street in Fort Worth, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper.

The new indictment, announced Thursday, supersedes the original indictment that charged the suspects for the foiled June 2008 bank robbery in Garland, according to U.S. Attorney Richard Roper.

The Scarecrow Bandits earned the name because of the floppy hats, checkered shirts and bandannas worn during the first robberies. During later robberies, the outfits changed to mostly black-colored gear, officials said.

Officials said the bandits had become increasingly violent and had assaulted a clerk during a recent robbery. Surveillance footage of some of the robberies showed them standing on counters, scaling teller windows and brandishing guns.

They were arrested on June 2 when FBI agents and police from several cities stopped some of them at the Regions Bank in Garland. Others were arrested after a high-speed chases across Dallas County.

The suspects are: Corey Deyon Duffey, aka "Keyno," aka "Calvin Brown," 27, Garland; Tony R. Hewitt, aka "PricelessT," 42, Dallas; Yolanda McDow, 41, Duncanville; Antonyo Reece, aka "Seven," 31, Dallas; Jarvis Dupree Ross, aka "Dookie," aka "Dapree Dollars," 29, Dallas; Charles Runnels, aka "Junior," 42, Cedar Hill; and Darobie Kentay Stenline, aka "Fish," aka "Dude White," 30, Rowlett.

According to public records, many of the suspects have prior felony convictions and/or outstanding charges for violent crimes, including aggravated assault and murder.

Most of the heists mentioned in the superseding indictment happened from January through June, and all but one were in Dallas County.

But, according to Roper's latest news release, the gang is suspected in the May 16 robbery at the Bank of America, 4751 South Hulen Street in Fort Worth.

The suspects, who remained in federal custody Thursday, face life in prison if convicted, according to Roper's news release.

(This article contains information from Star-Telegram archives.)

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