, Corbin, KY

April 24, 2013

‘Bad Hair Bandit’ makes plea deal

Pleads guilty to five of eight counts, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

The “Bad Hair Bandit” armed robbery suspect made a plea agreement during a re-arraignment hearing in U.S. District Court in London Thursday.

Jason Fox and his wife, Tasha Fox, faced several charges in connection with a string of armed bank robberies in 2011.

Last week Jason Fox pleaded guilty to five counts of an eight-count indictment filed in February 2012.

As part of the agreement, he pleaded guilty last week to the June 17, 2011 robbery of Commercial Bank in Barbourville, where he stole $4,587.

In that robbery, he entered the drive-through bank’s lobby door. Police said he handed the bank teller a note demanding cash, which he received.

He fled the scene, carrying the cash in a black gym bag. Witnesses said he was wearing a black, curly wig and sunglasses when he robbed the bank.

Jason Fox also pleaded guilty to the July 7, 2011 robbery of the Bank of McCreary in Pine Knot. According to a story in the McCreary County Record, in that robbery, the suspect entered the bank wearing a woman’s blonde wig and padded clothing.

He was armed with a handgun and demanded cash, which was given to him. Witnesses also described the suspect getting into a black four-door sedan which was waiting behind the bank.

The suspect fled the scene with $20,688 in cash.

Jason Fox also pleaded guilty in the Aug. 19, 2011 robbery of Forcht Bank in Barbourville. In that robbery, the suspect, sporting a blonde wig and sunglasses, entered the front lobby door, pointed a gun at several tellers, and demanded cash. The suspect fled that robbery scene carrying nearly $29,000 in stolen cash.

The next robbery Jason Fox pleaded guilty to was the Oct. 25, 2011 heist of Hometown Bank in Corbin. In that heist, security cameras captured images of a man in a curly blonde wig carrying a black bag, wearing a University of Kentucky sweatshirt, cap and sunglasses. The man pointed a handgun at tellers demanding cash. Corbin Police Major Rob Jones said at the time the suspect had jumped up onto a desk and demanded money.

The man entered a white Dodge Stratus with an unknown driver and fled the scene with $2,775 in cash.

The fifth crime Jason Fox pleaded guilty to was the Dec. 1, 2011 robbery of L & N Federal Credit Union in Walmart in Williamsburg. In that robbery, a disguised gunman stole more than $3,200 in cash.

Days after that robbery, Jason Fox was arrested and admitted to those five robberies, as well as two robberies that occurred in Tennessee.

Jason Fox is scheduled for federal sentencing Aug. 15. He could receive as much as 24 years in prison and be ordered to pay more than $79,000 in restitution to the five Kentucky and two Tennessee banks which were robbed.

His accomplice in six of the seven robberies, his wife Tasha Fox, entered into a plea agreement in February and is scheduled for sentencing June 20. She could receive up to 15 years for her involvement.