By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — An Agra man, who was accused six years ago of an armed robbery at a bar west of Cushing, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possessing a truck stolen from Big Creek Nursery southwest of Cushing, being a convicted felon with a gun, attempting to elude a sheriff’s deputy, and driving through a Yale man’s fence at nine locations.
Due to his criminal record, Roy Thomas Cannon, 57, could be given as much as a life prison term plus 30 years if convicted of the four-count felony charge filed last week in Payne County District Court. Cannon, who remains free on $15,000 bail, was ordered Tuesday to return to court on Oct. 2 with an attorney.
Cannon had been arrested at 1:24 p.m. on July 23 at Highway 18 and 5800 Road, west of Yale, Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Myers wrote in an affidavit.
The owner of Big Creek Nursery and Landscape on S. Agra Road in rural Cushing reported the theft of a 2017 Ford F350 pickup and a 2003 Shop Built commercial trailer at 7:52 a.m. on July 23, the affidavit said. The truck and the trailer, the latter of which was recovered in another county, were worth over $100,000 including tools, the affidavit said.
When the investigator and Deputy Joe Harper went to Big Creek Nursery, the owner “told us that he has a GPS tracking system on the truck and he had the program pulled up on his I-Pad. At that time, it showed the truck at a residence in Owasso, Ok. We began contacting the respective jurisdictions. The truck then began to move and got onto Interstate 412 westbound.
“The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and a Pawnee County deputy located the truck in the area of the McDonalds on Interstate 412,” in Pawnee County, the affidavit alleged. “The truck began eluding them going back eastbound on I-412 eventually getting off of the turnpike and onto State Highway 18,” just north of Pawnee, the affidavit alleged.
“It continued south crossing into Payne County at Airport Road,” the affidavit alleged.
The truck went south to State Highway 51, then west for one mile before turning north onto Council Valley Road and into a pasture at McElroy and Council Valley Road, the affidavit alleged. The truck went though a pasture coming out through the fence at Lakeview and Battle Ridge right in front of Deputy Gregg Russell, who continued pursuit at speeds of 60 to 70 m.p.h., the affidavit alleged.
“The truck left the roadway going around a working road grader,” that had to pull off the road to allow the deputy to pass, the affidavit alleged. “The pursuit continued still northbound to VFW where it turned east onto VFW and into Pawnee County,” going east for another two miles and then south on Highway 18, the affidavit alleged.
“The suspect turned back west on County Road 580 that dead-ended into a private residence. The truck turned south into a pasture where he rammed through a gate and then a fence where he was blocked off by a creek. The truck got stuck in the creek and the driver and only occupant, later identified as Roy Cannon, attempted to flee on foot.
“Deputy Russell reported that Roy would not follow commands and stop. Roy fell to the ground and was trying to continue his flight by crawling under brush and trees,” but gave up after the deputy deployed his taser, the affidavit alleged.
After Cannon was arrested, Deputy Russell found a loaded .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol in the floorboard, which did not belong to the victim of the truck theft, the affidavit alleged.
“Roy Cannon is a convicted felon and was specifically sentenced to 168 months in federal prison on 8-21-2001,” for having a gun after a former felony conviction, the affidavit alleged.
“We have been in contact with the landowner where the pursuit went through his pastures within Payne County. He has reported at least eight places his fence has been destroyed by the suspect. The total amount to repair these fences will likely be over $2,500,” the investigator alleged in his affidavit.
According to court records, Cannon had been convicted in 1987 in Douglas County, Georgia, of credit card fraud for which he was given a 20-year suspended sentence, and theft for which he was given a 10-year suspended sentence. Cannon had also been convicted in 1986 in Gaoriunkin County, Florida, of first-degree forgery for which he was given a 10-year suspended sentence.
In Payne County, Cannon had been accused of the Sept. 15, 2013, robbery with an imitation firearm of the Hangout Bar west of Cushing, but the charge was dropped in 2015 when Cannon was placed in federal custody, court records show.
At the time that Cannon was booked into the Payne County Jail in that 2013 case, Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris McKosato seized a bundle of cash as evidence, his affidavit alleged.
“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.
About six hours after the reported robbery in 2013, 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 Suburban as an armed robbery suspect, court records show.