Bank robberies suspect arrested in Denison

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DENISON, Tex. -- Federal agents arrest a suspect in several Dallas County bank robberies in Denison. US Marshals took 56-year-old Jim Davis into custody Thursday night at his home in the 1700 block of Ridgewood Drive.

Authorities say Davis had an outstanding parole warrant, but is also the suspect in three to five bank robberies in Dallas County. Agents say when they arrived, Davis was standing in the front door. They arrested him on the spot without incident.

Sheriff's deputies booked him into the Grayson County Jail late Thursday.

This was not the first time Davis has hidden from law enforcement.

United States Marshals say Davis has a long criminal history, including two bank robberies, in 1973 and 1990, a forgery, and aggravated robbery, escape from federal custody 20 years ago, and evading arrest with a car last year.

Davis was on parole for a prior bank robbery and he is a suspect in several more from Dallas County.

After several months, Dallas County officers finally had enough evidence to make an arrest, so they called the U.S. Marshals, along with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers to assist in the arrest.

Willie Pickrel, Davis' neighbor across the street, says she knew he had robbed a bank in the past.

“I don’t feel bad for him, but I feel bad for his mom and sister," Pickrel said.

Authorities say Thursday night's arrest was part of a covert operation but Davis was standing just inside the front door when they reached the house. He didn't have a chance to run.

Davis was arrested without incident and was taken to the Grayson County Jail.

The FBI is currently searching his house, looking for evidence from the recent robberies. Authorities tell us he will soon be turned over into federal custody.

Several law enforcement agencies helped in Davis' arrest. He could face federal charges.

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