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'Bad Hair Bandit" and wife plan guilty pleas to bank robbery spree


Jason Fox, aka The Bad Hair Bandit, and his wife Tasha Fox plan to plead guilty in Feb. to robbing seven area banks in 2011.

Just over a week before they were scheduled to go to trial, a plea agreement has been reached in the case of the bank robber known as “The Bad Hair Bandit.”

Jason Fox, 30, who has confessed to being, “The Bad Hair Bandit” because of the wigs he wore while robbing five banks in Whitley, Knox and McCreary counties, and his wife Tasha, have each filed paperwork in U.S. District Court in London announcing their intentions to plead guilty.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory VanTatenhove continued the trial date, which was set for Monday. Tasha Fox is scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m., Feb. 21 for her rearraignment. Jason Fox will return to court at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 28 to enter his own plea.

The duo has admitted to robbing a total of seven banks between June 17 and December 1, 2011.

The first robbery occurred at Commercial Bank in Barbourville. The bank of McCreary was the target on July 5. The robber and his get-away driver returned to Barbourville on Aug. 19, hitting Forcht Bank. It was more than two months before the robbers struck again, this time at Hometown Bank of Corbin on Oct. 25.

Soon after, the FBI determined the robberies were connected and dubbed the robber, “The Bad Hair Bandit.

Through the wigs and sunglasses continued to change, based on witness descriptions, agents determined the robber was a white male in his mid to late 20s, about 5’6” to 5’8” tall and weighing 185 to 190 pounds.

Breaking from the timing pattern, the robber was back less than a week later, striking at the Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Jacksboro, Tenn. The next target was L&N Federal Credit Union in Williamsburg on Dec. 1.

Police got a break when it was determined the get-away vehicle was a 2004 black Suzuki Forenza with a missing gas cap. Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird traced the vehicle to Tasha Fox through a traffic citation she received in 2010.

A family member confirmed to police that Jason Fox owned the vehicle and a notice was sent out to area law enforcement to be on the lookout for the vehicle. Barbourville Police Det. Steve Owens, passed the vehicle soon after. He initiated a traffic stop and took Jason Fox into custody. After several hours of questioning by police and Tennessee FBI agents, Jason Fox confessed.

Williamsburg Police arrested Tasha Fox on Dec. 2.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel Dotson noted that while Jason Fox had admitted to the robberies, no indictment has been returned concerning the Tennessee robberies. However plea negotiations have included an attempt to resolve all of the robberies.

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