Suspected bank robber nabbed at gas station

SANTA ROSAWithin three days of the robbery at the Bank of America on West Steele Lane, Santa Rosa police detectives apprehended the suspected bandit entering a gas station parking lot Saturday night.

The suspect was pulling into the parking lot of the Rotten Robbie gas station at Santa Rosa Avenue and Todd Road. Joined by patrol officers and a K-9 unit around 9 p.m. June 11, police took Kelly Clark Keating into custody without a struggle.

Keating was taken to the Sonoma County jail and booked for the robbery warrant out against him, with bail set at $100,000.

On June 8 around 1:30 p.m., a man in his mid to late 20s handed a Bank of America bank teller a note stating that he was robbing the bank and had a firearm, said Sgt. Steve Fraga of the Violent Crime Investigations Team.

The suspect was described as being approximately 6-feet and 180 pounds, and wearing a green/brown camouflage baseball hat, black zippered hooded sweatshirt, black t-shirt, khaki cargo pants, and black tennis shoes.

Santa Rosa police officers answered the robbery call from the bank and arrived within minutes, but the suspect had fled the area. A gray box-style SUV was seen speeding away from the parking lot.

With assistance from the public and bank officials, detectives identified 30-year-old Keating as their suspect by 6:30 p.m. that night. The Sonoma County Alliance’s “Take Back Our Community Program” offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of Keating.

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