MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In better times, former entrepreneur and car salesman Daniel Fox bested 2,500 other applicants to win the coveted title of duckmaster at The Peabody Hotel here.
The running joke during that time eight years ago was that there was a Fox guarding the hens.
He made news again recently, however, as the admitted bank robber last week of a SunTrust branch.
Fox, 48, waived a preliminary hearing this week on federal bank robbery charges before a magistrate judge. Bond was set at $5,000.
From 2003 to 2006, as The Peabody's duckmaster, Fox greeted guests assembled for the duck parades to and from the lobby's fountain at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Hotel officials said they needed someone who could be articulate and at ease with the national media, and that Fox "filled the bill."
The Peabody confirmed this week that the duckmaster and the accused bank robber are one and the same.
"He is the same guy," said hotel spokesman Kelly Earnest, "but we have a policy of not commenting on current employees or past employees, so there's nothing additional I can tell you."
At the time of his hiring, Fox, who once planned to be a veterinarian, said, "This is a dream come true for me."
He was arrested last Thursday after a woman notified police that the neatly dressed robber shown on publicized bank surveillance photos appeared to be her ex-husband.
A bank teller then picked Fox from a photo spread and agents from the Safe Streets Task Force arrested him soon after he left his new sales job at a restaurant supply company. When questioned by authorities, Fox admitted he was the bank robber.
(Lawrence Buser is a reporter for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn.