Bank robberies suspect arrested in Denison

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

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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  • by Justice? Location: Denison on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    In 2008 he was sentenced to 34 years...32 for the crimes and an additional 2 for parole violations. But by the end of May 2011, he was already out and living back at his mother's house. Have to wonder how the "Toboggan Bandit" managed to get out so quickly when he's a repeat offender.
  • by tonya Location: sherman on Jan 14, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    to cops mom,I'm not angry and I did not get a ticket.cops around here need to do the job that they get paid for.this county does have lazy cops. Im sorry,but its true
  • by tonya's friend Location: here and there on Jan 14, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    sound's like cops MOM need's to cut apron string.TONYA you can't talk about her BABY like that
  • by Cop's Mom on Jan 14, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    Tonya-move to Dallas. The Sherman officers were not credited with "solving" the crime. And if you read the article with an open mind you would have noted the credit was to Federal Agents, not the Dallas Cops. You are an angry, bitter person...get a ticket lately?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2008 at 10:17 AM
    with the prices of everything going up,no wonder people are having to do the things they do
  • by tonya Location: sherman on Jan 11, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    Dallas cops are the ones who solve this crime,not these cops, they do,do a lousy job so put the credit where it belongs
  • by Citizen Location: Sherman on Jan 11, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    That's great. It's does seem kinda funny how everyone is so quick to say the police are doing a lousy job but when they do something great they just keep quite. I for one am very glad they responded so quickly, it's very possible that they may have saved many lives so, way to go!!!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Next door to this man on Jan 11, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    Go online and check this mans CRIMINAL RECORDS! He is a convicted felon already for Bank Robbery. He has bragged to me and my fiance on numerous accounts about how "they can't keep him in jail because he has Hepatitis C and they have no way of giving him the medical treatment he has to have." Just back in March he was arrested for evading arrest. He had a police chase on our block! He was driving about 55-60 miles an hour down our street with 2 highway patrols chasing him. He made two trips down our street before they caught him! I had to inform the officers of his Hep. C and go get them gloves (they did not have any in their patrol cars!!) There are numerous little children (I myself have a 2yr old grandbaby who lives with me) who live and play on our block. I don't understand how a FELON can already be on PAROLE, commet a felon and yet get out on PROBATION!!?? If I am every (God forbid) in trouble..I want his attorney's name and number!! WHY WAS HE OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!
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