DALLAS, Texas — A Dallas man was arrested by the FBI this morning after federal prosecutors say fingerprints tied him to two recent bank robberies in Dallas and Ennis.
Arrested at his Dallas home Thursday morning, May 6, 2021, was 34-year-old Michael Wilmer Wilson; charged via criminal complaint with bank robbery.
According to the criminal complaint, during a bank robbery at a Dallas bank on February 9, 2021, Wilson allegedly flashed a demand note to the teller that read, "This is a robbery. I have a gun."
"After grabbing several thousand dollars from the frightened teller, he fled with the money and demand note -- but left a deposit slip on the counter," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas.
Investigators were able to lift a latent fingerprint off of that deposit slip. The fingerprint was ran through the Dallas Police Department's database but failed to return a match.
On April 9, 2021, during a bank robbery in Ennis, Wilson is alleged to have displayed another demand note, this one read, "THIS IS A ROBBERY. 30K. DON'T BE A HERO." Wilson allegedly instructed the teller to place cash into a folder and then fled the bank on foot towards a nearby grocery store.
Surveillance video from the grocery store revealed a silver Dodge Challenger pulling out of the parking lot approximately three minutes after the robbery and, later showed the vehicle cross paths with a police vehicle. Investigators pulled video from the police department's vehicle and were able to obtain the license plate number for the vehicle.
Using that license plate number, investigators then searched the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles' database — revealing the Dodge Challenger was registered to Wilson. Investigators then compared Wilson's driver's license photo to witness descriptions of the bank robbery suspect, a match.
Using the latent fingerprint from the February 9th robbery, a forensic fingerprint examiner compared Wilson's fingerprint from his driver's license application and determined the prints were a match.
Wilson is scheduled to make his initial appearance in federal court on Friday.
If convicted, Wilson faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Violent Crimes Taskforce conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Dallas Police Department, the Ennis Police Department, and the Texas DPS. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Briggs is prosecuting the case.