Bank robbery suspect identified by Blackwell Police Chief

Ponca City Now - February 22, 2016 4:48 pm

Blackwell Police Chief Dewayne Wood identified the suspect in Monday’s bank robbery of the RCB Bank at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Robert Anthony Perosi, 37, of Enid was identified as the robbery suspect. Wood said he has numerous previious felony convictions according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website, as well as numerous pending charges in Garfield County.

Wood said about 2 p.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the RCB Bank at Doolin and 13th in Blackwell. He said bank employees were able to give good descriptions of both the suspect and his vehicle, a two-tone gold El Camino.

"Our officers traveled north and south on Interstate 35 searching for the vehicle," Wood said. "One of the officers saw it get back on I-35 at second Braman exit and tried to make a traffic stop. The driver pulled over near the weigh station and then got back on to the highway.

"He followed the vehicle a half mile into Kansas and pulled him over again, and then the suspect took off again," Wood said.

Several different agencies assisted with the pursuit, including the Kay County Sheriff’s Office, the Corporation Commission stationed at the weigh station and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

"We coordinated with the Kansas Highway Patrol, which deployed stop sticks at mile marker 12 and took him into custody there," Wood said.

Wood said no weapon was found on Perosi or in his vehicle, although he did give bank employees a note claiming he had a weapon.

"The bank employees did a great job ID’ing the vehicle and the man," Wood said. "My guys did a great job."

Wood said the Blackwell Police will turn the case over to the FBI office in Stillwater. Perosi remains jailed in Sumner County Jail in Wellington, Kanasas.


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