A suspect in the Oct. 5 robbery of Westamerica Bank was arrested after a vehicle pursuit earlier this week, Santa Rosa police said. The man who robbed the bank at 424 Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa was wearing a multi-colored baseball cap, hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and prescription glasses, Sgt. Steve Fraga said.
On Tuesday, detectives learned a possible suspect identified as Keith Robert Kenton, 47, was visiting a patient at a hospital. During the visit, the bank teller identified Kenton as the robbery suspect, Fraga said. After the visit, police detectives followed Kenton as he drove his Ford Explorer erratically from the hospital through Santa Rosa and into west Sonoma County, Fraga said.
Detectives contacted the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and deputies went to the area of Westside Road and West Dry Creek Road near Healdsburg to conduct a traffic stop, Fraga said. Kenton evaded the pursuing deputies until they used an intervention technique that caused Kenton’s vehicle to roll over, Fraga said. No one was injured.
Deputies took Kenton into custody and he was interviewed at police headquarters and booked into the Sonoma County jail for bank robbery, Fraga said. He is being held under $120,000 bail, Sheriff’s deputies will seek a complaint later this week against Kenton for evading law enforcement officers, Fraga said.
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