Serial bank robber, known all around Texas, finally arrested

Serial bank robber, known all around Texas, finally arrested

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A suspected bank robber, wanted throughout the state, is finally behind bars again.

Described as a middle-aged man with a "lazy eye," the previously convicted felon is who Tyler police call the infamous "lazy eye bank robber."

"There have been several credit unions or banks throughout the state of Texas stemming from Tyler to Austin, possibly Fort Worth that he has actually robbed, or that they believe he has robbed, and also commercial businesses as well," Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin says.

58-year-old Wayne Alan Watson has a criminal history dating back to the late 1970s, including robberies and forgery. He had been sentenced to decades in prison in the 80's, but was released in 2015.

Years later, he's behind bars again, after investigators from the Texas Rangers, the FBI, the Texas DPS SWAT team, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, the Tyler Police Department, and the Wichita Falls Police Department executed a search warrant on his property.

"They all met in Fort Worth and executed the search warrant, and he was there as well, so they had enough probable cause to arrest him at the time," Martin says.

That's when the Tyler Police Department got their arrest warrant for the Altra Credit Union robbery that took place in December of last year.

"He was already in custody in Fannin County, so we notified them that we have an arrest warrant on him too," Martin says.
The federal government has put a detainer on Watson to ensure he will never be bonded out of jail.

Watson is in Fannin County jail facing 6 counts of robbery with threats warrants, an aggravated robbery warrant, and a forgery warrant.