A federal judge Friday sentenced a man to 14 years in prison for robbing, or trying to rob, 10 banks in nine North Texas cities.
Carter Briscoe Tucker, 54, pleaded guilty in December to three counts of bank robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The crimes occurred over a two-year span.
Nicknamed the “Undead Bandit” by the FBI, Tucker wore a black Halloween mask, black clothes and gloves during most of the crimes, and he kept a .45-caliber pistol holstered on his left hip. He told bank tellers to put cash in a soft-sided cooler bag and often instructed them not to use dye packs.
Tucker was arrested after an August 2019 robbery at a Wells Fargo bank in Alvarado. Witnesses gave law enforcement his license-plate number, and police attempted to stop him.
He sped off and led officers on a 15-minute chase, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. He drove on a highway median, made illegal U-turns and even drove on flat tires after police used spike strips. Tucker eventually escaped on foot, but he was taken into custody the following day.
In all, Tucker robbed the banks of $52,947 between October 2017 and his arrest, officials said.
Not every robbery attempt was successful.
On Dec. 1, 2017, Tucker tried to walk into a Spirit of Texas Bank in Fort Worth, but the doors were locked. He left, but robbed another Fort Worth bank less than an hour later, according to court documents.
Three weeks later, he told employees of an Independent Bank in Rowlett that he was robbing them. The employees appeared to follow his orders. But they instead walked toward the vault at the back of the bank and slipped out a back door. Tucker left empty-handed.
Tucker admitted to robbing or trying to rob 10 banks, court documents show:
- Oct. 13, 2017: UMB Bank, 1013 W. University Drive, Denton
- Nov. 3, 2017: Frost Bank, 975 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine
- Dec. 1, 2017: Spirit of Texas Bank, 2718 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth
- Dec. 1, 2017: EECU, 9350 Clifford St., Fort Worth
- Dec. 22, 2017: Independent Bank, 5900 Rowlett Road, Rowlett
- July 3, 2018: Prosperity Bank, 3636 Shepherd Lane, Balch Springs
- Dec. 11, 2018: BBVA, 2031 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller
- March 8, 2019: PointBank, 302 U.S. Highway 377, Argyle
- April 19, 2019: Commercial Bank of Texas, 1716 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford
- Aug. 3, 2019: Wells Fargo, 611 N. Parkway Drive, Alvarado