The Newton Boys pulled off dozens of bank and train holdups in the nineteen-teens and ‘20s. Apparently it was hard to break the habit.
March 5, 1968, Dock Newton (photo) and an accomplice tried a midnight burglary of the bank in Rowena, TX. A guy across the street called the cops, who stopped the boys (and gave Dock a serious head injury when they clubbed him). Newton spent eight months in a hospital before being released. He was 77.
It’s believed that 79-year-old Willis Newton was driving the getaway car, but he escaped when the police showed up.