After listening to Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Dotson describe what the United States could prove in its bank robbery case against Tasha K. Fox, U.S. District Court Judge Gregory VanTatenhove asked Fox to explain in her own words what she had done.
Fox, 28, was short and to the point, saying she drove the get-away car during five robberies she and her husband, Jason Fox AKA “The Bad Hair Bandit” are accused of committing in Corbin, Barbourville, McCreary County, and LaFollette, Tenn. in 2011.
In the plea agreement that Tasha Fox signed prior to Thursday’s rearraignment hearing, she is named as the driver in the robberies at the Bank of McCreary County in Pine Knot on July 5, 2011, Forcht Bank in Barbourville on Aug. 19, 2011, Hometown Bank of Corbin on Oct. 25, 2011 and the L&N Federal Credit Union located in the Williamsburg Walmart on Dec. 1, 2011.
No charges had been filed against the couple in connection with two bank robberies allegedly committed by the “Bad Hair Bandit.” In the plea agreement, Tasha Fox also admitted to her part in the robbery at Y-12 Credit Union in LaFollette, Tenn.
“(Tasha Fox) further admits that on each of the foregoing occasions in which she drove Jason Fox to these banks, she knew that he was going to the banks for the purpose of committing armed bank robbery and that she aided and abetted him in these actions,” the plea agreement states.
The plea agreement states that Tasha Fox was not involved in the first robbery credited to “The Bad Hair Bandit,” which occurred on June 17, 2011 at Commercial Bank in Barbourville.
Soon after the robbery at Hometown Bank of Corbin on Oct. 25, the FBI determined the robberies were connected and dubbed the robber “The Bad Hair Bandit” because of the various wigs the robber wore. Though the wigs changed and the robber wore sunglasses, investigators 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.
Following the robbery at L&N Federal Credit Union in Williamsburg, police caught a break when they were able to track the get-away 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, 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
Tasha Fox is facing up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The sentencing guidelines call for a sentencing range of 12.5 years and 15.5 years. However, VanTatenhove noted he may depart from the guidelines if he feels it is necessary.
According to the plea agreement the couple took more than $74,000, including $61,043.88 in the five robberies in Kentucky.
Jason Fox is scheduled to appear in court Thursday to plead guilty to his part in the robberies.