SAVANNAH, GA (July 3, 2018) – Savannah Police officers made a quick arrest in an armed robbery that occurred at a bank today.
About 10:00 a.m., officers responded to the Wells Fargo on the 3500 block of W. Bay Street in reference to an armed robbery. The investigation revealed that the suspect, later identified as Ronnie Clayton, 55, entered the business and passed a threatening note to the teller demanding cash. The employee complied. Clayton then exited the business and entered a red Cadillac CTS.
The suspect vehicle was later spotted by Central Precinct officers and a traffic stop was initiated, in which Clayton fled at a high rate of speed. He then crashed into a vehicle at 37th and Drayton streets and was quickly apprehended. Neither party sustained injuries.
Clayton has been charged with armed robbery, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense, open container and numerous traffic offenses.
“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, who is over the Field Operations Bureau. “This type of collaboration aids in the reduction of criminal activity in our community.”
FBI task force officers responded and conducted interviews as well. The incident continues to be investigated by the Robbery Unit and the FBI.