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Man jailed in connection with bank robbery try

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By Rachel Mehlhaff / Staff Writer

Local musician Richard Haskins turned himself in to authorities Friday in connection with an attempted bank robbery from the same day.

Haskins is accused of trying to rob a bank in the 600 block of West University Drive at 5:40 p.m. Friday.

Denton police reported that a man went through the drive-through lane and passed a note to the employee threatening to rush the front doors if the money from the cash drawers was not delivered to him through the drive-through carrier. The man drove off with no money, police said.

“While [police] were investigating trying to locate him [Haskins], he turned himself in to the jail,” said Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for the Denton Police Department. “We did get a confession that he said he did it.”

Haskins is best known for his punk rock group, the Wee-Beasties, which borrowed the blasting horns normally associated with ska music. The band was created while Haskins was still a student at Ryan High School and remains together.

Haskins owned and operated Black Bottle Recording Studio before the enterprise floundered and shuttered its doors several years ago. He still works occasionally as a booking agent and a music production engineer.

Haskins brokered the 7-inch vinyl, Don’t Shred on Me, Vol. 1, that put two songs by Denton’s Grammy Award-winning polka band Brave Combo on one side, and two Wee-Beasties songs on the other.

Haskins remains in Denton County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. He is also being held on a charge of failure to appear in connection with a criminal trespass charge from July 4.

Staff writer Lucinda Breeding contributed to this report.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is .