Polite robber nice enough to plead guilty — (Lufkin Daily)

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Lufkin Daily

By ASHLEY COOK, The Lufkin Daily News

Friday, July 15, 2005

A Georgia man known as the “polite” bank robber who hit the Angelina Savings Bank in Lufkin in March pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.

David Lee Tucker Jr., 32, was relaxed in court Thursday, joking with his attorney before the hearing.

He apologized to tellers as he took the money in the March 31 robbery, according to an account by Juanita Rogers, a customer who witnessed the holdup. Tucker walked into the bank and handed a note to a teller indicating he wanted money, and didn’t want to harm her, according to Assistant U.S. District Attorney Reynaldo Morin.

Tucker got away with $5,309 in cash, running to his truck parked in the Target parking lot next door, Morin said. He led police on a car chase after a Lufkin Police officer spotted him, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds of up to 70 mph before lawmen stopped him just short of Diboll, Morin said.

Officers found bags of stolen money and a semiautomatic pistol in Tucker’s truck. There was no indication he’d used the gun during the robbery, police said.

While the maximum sentence for the crime is up to 20 years, Tucker will likely receive much less for his cooperation with authorities.

Tucker explained in court that he’d been treated twice for depression, and for a mental disorder that caused brain activity to spur him to act impulsively. He hadn’t been given access to his medication since his arrest, he said.

A U.S. district judge will sentence Tucker in about four to six weeks, after a pre-sentence investigation report is completed.

Ashley Cook’s e-mail address is acook@coxnews.com.