Man connected to other bank robberies, FNB, Rayne State Bank suspect may have robbed banks in Oklahoma, Arkansas

The man suspected of the July 8th attempted robbery of First National Bank’s main branch in Crowley and the robbery of Rayne State Bank approximately 30 minutes later is now being connected to robberies in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He was already a suspect in a March bank robbery in Jennings and one in Sulphur this past April.

“I’ve been working with an FBI agent in Norman, Oklahoma and based on the photographs from bank robberies there I’m about 95% certain we’re looking for the same man,” said Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson on Monday.

The social networking site Facebook seems to have helped to connect the robberies.

Facebook sites from three different television markets - Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Sherman, Texas - have posted surveillance pictures of what appears to be the same man.

In the Oklahoma robberies he is wearing a Miami Heat baseball cap, sunglasses and a t-shirt just as he did in the Acadia Parish robberies. Physically, he is described as a white male in his 40’s with short hair and a medium build. The only difference between the robberies in Acadia Parish and Oklahoma are the vehicle he was driving. Police believe that he fled the Crowley and Rayne crimes in a 2002 Nissan Altima, while Oklahoma authorities describing him as fleeing in a gold or beige four-door vehicle with a sunroof and a rear spoiler.

Here is a timeline of the bank robberies the suspect is connected to:

- March 1, Jeff Davis Bank of Jennings.

- April 26, Whitney Bank in Sulphur

- June 23, International Bank of Commerce, Ardmore, Okla.

- June 24, Bancfirst, Marietta, Okla.

- July 8, First National Bank of Crowley, Rayne State Bank

- July 17, First United Bank, Pauls Valley, Okla.

It was unknown as of press time what robbery he is connected to in Arkansas.

Anyone with information about any of the robberies is urged to call Acadia Crimestoppers at (337) 789-TIPS or the Crowley Police Department at (337) 783-1234.

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