A Louisiana woman is facing up to life in prison after pleading guilty to robbing the Regions Bank on Tyler's South Southeast Loop in March. Vanessa Ashley Ashford, 28, of Shreveport, entered her plea Monday in an appearance in 241st State District Court. She decided to let a jury decide her punishment.
The bank was robbed by a woman with a large knife. Witnesses were able to get a partial license plate of the woman's car. Tyler Police Officers responding to the area located a black Chevrolet Impala at University/Lazy Creek in Tyler and initiated a traffic stop. The officers found a bag full of money and an exploded die pack in the trunk of the woman's car.
After she was arrested for the Regions Bank robbery, she admitted to officers she also robbed the Telco Credit Union on West Front Street in Tyler back on February 29th.