Texas bank robber was freed — twice — due to miscommunication, feds say

A 29-year-old man accused of trying to rob the same bank in Dallas twice was let go both times due to miscommunications, according to federal court documents.

Byron Leonel Flowers is accused of going into Chase Bank, 2200 Ross Ave., at 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 26 with the intention of robbing it.

An employee of the bank told Dallas police that Flowers approached him, presented a fake dime and a fake penny, and then “demanded a million dollars and a debit card,” a federal complaint says.

Flowers told the employee several times that he had a weapon and reached into his pants as if he had one. The bank notified the bank’s security guards, who escorted Flowers outside. The guards didn’t know about the threats, according to the complaint.

When Dallas police arrived, Flowers had already gone.

The next day, Flowers returned to the bank, approached a teller, presented him with a penny and asked how much it was worth, the document says.

The teller recognized Flowers and called police.

When officers arrived, they detained Flowers. However, “due to a miscommunication, Flowers was mistakenly released after officers gave him a criminal trespass warning.”

The complaint doesn’t provide any additional details.

Federal court records show that an arrest warrant for Flowers was executed on Jan. 2. He had his first court appearance then and was appointed a federal public defender.

Flowers was indicted on a charge of bank robbery on Wednesday.

Dallas police could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.