TYLER — U.S. Attorney John M. Bales has announced that a 47-year-old Dallas man has pleaded guilty to federal bank robbery violations in the Eastern District of Texas. Freddy Lee Criss pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank robbery before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie. According to information presented in court, on Apr. 30, Criss entered the First National Bank of Emory in Emory, Texas, ordered a bank customer to the floor, demanded cash from the tellers and fled the bank with U.S. Currency. Criss was arrested just south of Greenville a short time after the robbery, following a brief pursuit along US. Highway 69 by area law enforcement agencies, who encountered Criss in front of Lone Oak High School. Criss was reported to have fled the scene following a traffic stop, with units from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, the Lone Oak Police Department and the Texas Highway Patrol giving chase. The chase ended when Criss wrecked his car in the 2400 block of Highway 69. He was taken into custody and transported to the Hunt County Jail, where he was arraigned on one count of aggravated robbery and had a $500,000 bond set. Criss was then transferred to the custody of the Emory Police Department and booked into the Rains County Jail. The cash taken in the robbery was recovered. Criss was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 6, and charged with federal bank robbery violations. Criss faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set. The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hunt County Sheriff's Office, the Rains County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the Emory Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.