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A Bank Robbery, With a Baby on Board, Lands Getaway Driver a 22-Year Prison Sentence

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Unrelated, but while we're on the subject, Austin PD's looking for a man who last week robbed a bank wearing a George Bush mask.

Surely you recall the tale of Inequa Rushing and Waylon McDonald? No? Then a refresher: In late January, the twosome robbed a bank at East R.L. Thornton Freeway and Grand Avenue. Rushing went in dressed in a wig and sunglasses -- some disguise. She put her purse and a note on the counter. The slip of paper read, "I HAVE A GUN GIVE ME THE MONEY - NO ONE WILL GET HURT.. 'HURRY' Bitch!!"  A bank teller, no dummy, duly handed over a bag of money, fully loaded with a dye pack. Rushing rushed out to the car, where McDonald was waiting -- with her 4-month-old baby in the backseat. The child, born prematurely, was on oxygen at the time. Which wasn't good when the dye pack went boom.

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, the rest of the story:

As McDonald attempted to drive away from the bank, the dye pack exploded inside Rushing's purse, spewing red dye and smoke. McDonald grabbed the purse and threw it out of the car window. Police responding to the robbery quickly discovered Rushing's brown purse and could see the red dye-stained money and assorted identification and personal papers for Inequa Rushing. The police then went to Rushing's home in Dallas, where they found her and McDonald. Rushing told officers that she had robbed the bank and that McDonald had driven her to and from the bank. A search of the residence revealed the wig, clothing and red dye-stained shoes that Rushing had worn during the robbery. According to the evidence presented in court, the red dye-pack exploded in the getaway car, spraying noxious fumes and dye.

Anyway. The 24-year-old Rushing pleaded guilty in April to a bank robbery charge. She got 46 months in federal prison. A month later, the 32-year-old McDonald pleaded guilty. He was sentenced yesterday -- to a 262-month sentence, which he must serve without parole, per U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle. Why so long a sentence? "Extensive criminal record," says the U.S. Attorney's Office. Also: bad parenting.

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