Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Vian Man Changes Mind during Robbery

A 60-year-old Vian man apparently changed his mind midway through his attempt to rob the Keys Bank of Commerce last week, told the bank employee, “I can’t do this,” then apologized and left the bank.

The suspect, Larry Scott Speer, was recognized on the bank surveillance video by Cherokee County Sheriff investigators Larry Lane and Chris Grizzle, both of whom are from Sequoyah County or have local connections.

Vian police were dispatched to Speer’s home Thursday evening. According to police reports, Speer then confessed, was arrested and transported to the Cherokee County jail.

His bond was set at $25,000, and he was still being held Wednesday. 

Police reported Speer entered the bank shortly after noon on Thursday and asked for a loan application. He took the application and left the bank, but returned about 20 minutes later. Speer then delivered a note to a bank employee in her office, not a teller. The note read, “I need $15,000.” Speer also showed the employee a handgun hidden in his belt.

The employee and Speer talked for a moment, then Speer seemed to have a change of heart.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said, “He was saying ‘I don’t want to do this. I’m sorry.’ He took the note back and said, ‘I’m sorry. This gun’s not even real. I can’t do this.’”

Speer then fled the bank, to be sought by the sheriff’s deputies, the FBI and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

At Speer’s home, Vian police also confiscated the note and the hand gun, which turned out to be a BB gun.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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