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Hurdsman indicted for bank robbery

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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A Paradise man sentenced to 75 years for theft by a Wise County jury last week is also facing a new federal bank robbery charge.

Rodney Adam Hurdsman

According to federal court records that were unsealed Friday, Rodney Adam Hurdsman, 48, is one of three people indicted by a federal grand jury Sept. 12 in Arkansas. The indictment includes two counts: aiding and abetting bank robbery and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Hurdsman’s wife, Stephanie Michelle Hurdsman, 42, of Paradise and her sister, Oneida Denise Saylor, 38, were also indicted on the same two counts.

The three are accused of robbing the Malvern National Bank in Benton, Ark., on June 16, 2014.

Stephanie Michelle Hurdsman

According to count 1 of the indictment, the three stole $12,443.75 from the bank.

In count 2, the three are accused of using a firearm during the robbery.

According to the Benton Police Department, a white male wearing a “Mario Brothers” style mask, who was later identified as Rodney Hurdsman, and a white female suspect wearing dark colored sunglasses, later identified as Stephanie Hurdsman, entered the bank and displayed a pistol toward a clerk before demanding money. Investigators believe Saylor served as the lookout and getaway driver during the robbery.

The Hurdsmans were arrested Sept. 29, 2014, at a casino in Shreveport, La. Saylor was later arrested in Texas.

Oneida Denise Saylor

Court records indicate Rodney Hurdsman is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Little Rock, Ark., on Oct. 26.

Rodney Hurdsman was previously convicted of bank robbery on Feb. 1, 2002, in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth and sentenced to 137 months in prison. He was released on March 18, 2011, and was under supervised release until May 10, 2013.

Rodney and Stephanie Hurdsman were also previously indicted by a Williamson County grand jury for July 15, 2014, and Sept. 25, 2014, robberies of the Regions Bank in Round Rock, but those cases were dismissed in July of this year, according to Williamson County court records.

Rodney Hurdsman’s conviction and sentence in 271st District Court in Decatur last week involved the theft of catalysts and other tools from a gas processing facility near Decatur in February of 2014.

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