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Dallas man arrested after authorities use fingerprint, license plate to link him to bank robberies

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 5/6/2021 Tom Steele, The Dallas Morning News

A Dallas man faces a federal charge after authorities say his fingerprint and license plate linked him to recent North Texas bank robberies.

Michael Wilmer Wilson, 34, was arrested at his home Thursday morning on one count of bank robbery. It is unclear whether he has an attorney.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Texas, a man walked into a Dallas bank on Feb. 9 and stole thousands of dollars after showing a teller a note that said he had a gun.

On April 29, the same man robbed a bank in Ennis by flashing a note that said, “THIS IS A ROBBERY. 30K. DON’T BE A HERO,” officials said. He was seen fleeing toward a nearby grocery store.

Surveillance footage showed a silver Dodge Challenger leaving the store’s parking lot minutes after the robbery, and that vehicle happened to drive past a police car whose dash camera recorded its license plate.

Authorities said that plate was registered to Wilson, whose driver’s license photo matched witnesses’ descriptions of the bank robber. A fingerprint on a deposit slip the robber handled at the Dallas bank matched Wilson’s fingerprints taken when he applied for a driver’s license, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

If convicted, Wilson faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Friday.

Wilson does not appear to have a criminal record in Texas — or in Michigan, Rhode Island or Washington, D.C., where he previously lived — a search of public records shows.

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