(Stillwater, Okla.) – Armed robbery charges in connection with a hold-up at the Hangout Bar west of Cushing were dropped by the prosecution last week against an Agra man, who has been placed into federal custody, court records showed today.
At the time of the Sept. 15, 2013, robbery with an imitation firearm, the suspect, Roy Thomas Cannon, 53, had only recently gotten out of federal prison, according to court records.
A white man in a mask — carrying an Uzi-style weapon – came into the bar about midnight and ordered everyone on the ground while demanding their money, Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris McKosato was advised, according to his affidavit.
“These patrons and employees of the bar at first thought it was a joke…until the defendant struck a victim on the head with the gun,” McKosato alleged in an affidavit.
The bar reported that about $2,000 in cash was taken; a patron said $400 to $500 in a bank envelope was taken from him, the affidavit said.
“The defendant left the bar and several patrons called 911 to report the incident,” the affidavit alleged.
One man said “he recognized the defendant’s voice and tattoos and knew the person’s name to be Roy, but didn’t know his last name,” the affidavit alleged.
The female bartender said “she also recognized the defendant’s voice and goatee under the bottom side of the mask and knew his name to be Roy,” the affidavit alleged.
When the deputy showed the two a photo of Cannon, both identified him as the masked robber who struck one person with the gun and robbed the victims and bar of cash, the affidavit alleged.
About six hours later, Cannon was arrested in the 200 block of W. Main Street in Cushing for driving on a revoked license, by Cushing Police Officer Carson Watts, who had been advised to be on the look-out for Cannon in a black 1997 GMC Surburban as an armed robbery suspect, court records show.
“During a search of Roy’s person, I located a large amount of cash in Roy’s front left inside pocket of his leather coat,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
When Cannon was booked into the Payne County Jail, the sheriff’s deputy seized a bundle of cash as evidence, McKosato’s affidavit said.
“In the bundle was $154 in $1 bills, $90 in $5 bills, $60 in $10 bills, and one $50 bill totaling $354. Loosely was $60 in $20 bills and $20 in $10 bills making the total $454,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
The sheriff’s deputy advised Cannon’s federal probation officer of the situation, according to his affidavit.