Bank robbery suspect captured |

Bank robbery suspect captured

Richard Ward Pruden

Police in Elk City, Okla., caught the man suspected of robbing Truckee’s Plumas Bank in January.

Richard Ward Pruden, a 40-year-old transient, is in the custody of the Oklahoma City Federal Court awaiting arraignment on charges after he allegedly robbed First National Bank in Elk City.

Police say Pruden robbed the bank Feb. 12, and witnesses gave investigators a description of the suspect and his vehicle. An Elk City police officer located the vehicle a short distance from the bank and made a traffic stop. Pruden had a handgun and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Pruden is the lead suspect in a Jan. 8 robbery at Plumas Bank on Donner Pass Road, according to police. After the Truckee robbery, the suspect evaded local law enforcement, including a CHP helicopter, and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No shots were fired, and no one was physically harmed in the robbery.

Truckee police Detective CeCe Rose had been working with the FBI to help find Pruden, said Truckee police interim Cmdr. Dave Dohn.

“[Rose] gets credit for coordinating the Truckee Police Department’s role. She was our key player in this investigation,” Dohn said.

Pruden was also a suspect in a Reno bank robbery in August 2003. He was listed as one of the Las Vegas FBI’s most wanted fugitives.

Plumas Bank representatives had no comment on Pruden’s capture.

Officials refused to reveal the amount of money stolen from the bank.

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