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Sylacauga Man Convicted of Attempted Robbery and Discharging Firearm

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In a jury trial in Birmingham, Dameon LaShawn Nix, age 32 of Sylacauga, has been convicted of attempted robbery and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

On May 28, 2019, Nix shot a pistol three times into the ceiling at Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union in Sylacauga and took $195 from a customer when tellers were unable to open their cash drawers.. Caught nearby by Sylacauga police officers, he was in possession of the cash and a gun holster, but the gun was not found. Nix

A delivery driver observed Nix wearing a mask as he entered the credit union and later picked him out of a lineup.

Experts from the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Va., identified Nix’s DNA on clothing he had discarded in the woods as he fled the bank. The clothes bearing Nix’s DNA matched the clothing worn by the robber as revealed by the credit union’s surveillance cameras.

Nix faces imprisonment of approximately 40-50 months on the attempted credit union robbery and a 10-year consecutive term of imprisonment for discharging the firearm during the attempted robbery.

“The FBI is committed to working with our state, local, and federal partners to combat violent crime and bring individuals like Nix to justice,” said FBI SAC Johnnie Sharp. “I particularly want to express my appreciation to our partners with the Sylacauga Police Department for their outstanding work and assistance in this case.”

“It all came together with help from staff in the Credit Union — and excellent teamwork by officers Scott Meador and David Kimbrough along with our investigations team,” said Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson.

“We are grateful for the work of the Sylacauga Police Department in apprehending this offender,” added U.S. Attorney Escalona. “As this case confirms, working closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners is the best way to combat violent crime and remove violent offenders from our communities.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated. Assistant United States Attorneys John Camp and Bill Simpson prosecuted the case.


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