By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A homeless ex-convict has been charged with robbing a Stillwater convenience store of $1,400 by handing a female clerk a note demanding money.

Floyd Wesley Lavender, 50, who is from Stillwater, remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending his arraignment Feb. 12 on the felony charge.

Lavender, also known as Scott Lauender, Scott Lavender and Floyd W. Scott, could be given a prison term of 30 years to life if convicted of robbery by fear, due to his criminal record.

The robbery occurred at 12:08 a.m. on Jan. 17 at a store at 12th and Main Street in Stillwater while the clerk and her female friend were in the business, an affidavit alleged.

“A white male in a dark coat with an orange bandana covering his face demanded money using a note,” Stillwater Police Officer Adam Elliott wrote in an affidavit.

After the female clerk gave the robber approximately $1,400 from the register and the safe, he left, the affidavit said.

“On the night of the robbery, officers were able to get video of the suspect from business security cameras. At one point during the robbery, the suspect’s face cover fell to his neck allowing us to get a clear image of the suspect’s face,” Elliott wrote in his affidavit filed last week.

“It was quickly determined by officers that the suspect was Floyd Lavender, aka ‘Wolf,"” a regular customer with whom the store’s employees were familiar, the affidavit alleged.

When several employees were shown a picture of the suspect from the video, all positively identified the robber as Wolf, the affidavit alleged.

Shown a picture of Lavender, they confirmed that he was the individual they knew as Wolf, the affidavit alleged.

Six days after the robbery, Stillwater Police Officer Michael Busenius located Lavender’s bicycle in the 300 block of E. Virginia at a residence where the homeowner confirmed that Lavender was inside, the affidavit alleged.

“At first, Lavender denied any knowledge of the robbery and claimed he was not involved,” but when he was shown a picture from the store’s surveillance camera in which the robber’s face cover fell to his neck and exposed his face, “Lavender immediately stated the person in the picture was him,” the affidavit alleged.

“Lavender stated that he was needing money, and the opportunity to rob the business was an easy way to get money,” the affidavit alleged.

According to court records and the Department of Corrections, Lavender had previously been convicted of:

* felony domestic assault and battery in Stillwater in 2018, for which he was given in 2018 a 180-day jail term followed by three and one-half years of probation;

* possession of a substance with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in Stillwater in 2012, for which he was given in 2014 an eight-year prison term, but served less than three years before being released in May of 2017;

* drug possession in Payne County in 2007, for which he was given in 2007 a four-year prison term, but served less than two years before being released in February of 2009;

* felony domestic assault and battery in Stillwater in 2005, for which he was given a five-month jail term followed by three years and seven months of probation.

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