Savannah police arrest bank robbery suspect

Crime & Safety
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Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a Wells Fargo on Tuesday.

Ronnie Clayton, 55, has been charged with armed robbery, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, open container and numerous traffic offenses.

Shortly after 10:00 a.m., officers with the Savannah Police Department (SPD) responded to the bank on West Bay Street in reference to an armed robbery.

According to SPD, Clayton entered the Wells Fargo and gave a threatening note to the bank teller demanding cash.

The employee complied and Clayton left the scene in a red Cadillac CTS.

The vehicle was later spotted by Central Precinct officers who initiated a traffic stop. Clayton then fled at a high-speed chase and crashed into a vehicle at 37th and Drayton streets.

He was quickly apprehended and no one was injured.

“Through good coordination and communication between the different precincts, officers were able to make a swift arrest in this case,” said Assistant Chief Kerry Thomas, with Field Operations Bureau in a press release. “This type of collaboration aids in the reduction of criminal activity in our community.”

FBI task force officers also responded to the scene. The incident is under investigation by the Robbery Unit and the FBI.

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