Woman will plead to two first degree felonies for bank robbery
By DAYNA WORCHELdworchel@tylerpaper.com
A woman who allegedly robbed a Tyler bank in March armed with a large knife will plead guilty to that crime on Aug. 20, along with a February robbery at a Tyler credit union.
Vanessa Ashley Ashford, 28, of Shreveport, La., will plead guilty to the two first degree felonies in the Smith County 241st District Court. She is accused of robbing the Regions Bank at 1810 SSE Loop 323 on March 29. She also confessed to the robbery of the Telco Credit Union, 620 W. Front in Tyler after her arrest for the bank robbery, Tyler police said in March.
After the defendant makes the plea, there will be a sentencing trial with a jury who will decide her punishment. Both charges are aggravated robberies, which are first degree felonies. In March, Tyler Police Detective Andy Erbaugh said officers were told that the Regions Bank was robbed by a woman with a large knife wearing a mask, grey shirt, blue sweatpants and black shoes.
Tyler police officers located Ms. Ashford in the vehicle she allegedly used in the robbery. Erbaugh said in March that police located a bag full of money and an exploded dye pack in the trunk of the car during their search of the vehicle.