FEDs indict suspect in RCB Bank robbery

Yukon Police Detective Curtis Lemmings investigates an RCB bank. He holds a camera used to photograph the scene.

Dwayne Edward Rasmussen, 55, has been indicted on four counts of bank robbery including an April heist in Yukon, U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing announced Thursday.

According to a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury today, Rasmussen robbed four banks in the course of two months: the Weokie Credit Union at 2727 Southwest 15th Street in Oklahoma City on March 5, 2019; the Bank of the West at 1600 Southwest 89th Street in Oklahoma City on March 18, 2019; RCB Bank at 800 Garth Brooks Boulevard in Yukon on April 5, 2019; and Community Bank of Oklahoma at 1227 West Grand Avenue in Chickasha on April 30, 2019.

The Yukon Police Department responded to RCB Bank April 5, 2019 and quickly alerted the FBI. From there the two agencies investigated the crime. Yukon Police Chief John Corn said their investigation proved valuable to the FBI.

“It really was a good bit of case work that was put together not only by patrol officers but the detective assigned to the case,” Corn said. “They were able to immediately get a federal response which brought that into play really quick.

“We were getting good information from RCB Bank and that branch manager, David Goodwin, were able to provide the tracking information and detailed report very quick. This was the tracker that was placed in the money that was given to the suspect on his demand when he committed the robbery in Yukon.

Yukon investigators discovered a tracker that had been placed inside the money on the side of the road. The suspect realized it was there and threw it out.

“It helped establish a route they had driven leaving the area. It expanded our opportunity to do further investigation,” Corn said. “I believe that helped solidify their (FBI) case.”

An affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed on May 6, 2019, explained in connection with the final robbery that Rasmussen entered the Chickasha branch of Community Bank of Oklahoma at approximately 9:15 a.m. on April 30, 2019, and told a bank employee: “Give me all your 50’s and 100’s.”  After the employee complied, he allegedly said: “That’s not enough.  Give me all your money.”  He is alleged to have taken virtually all the money from the three tellers’ drawers, for a total reported loss of $10,474.  The affidavit states that while he did this, he brandished what appeared to be a pistol with a green grip.

Rasmussen was arrested on May 6 in downtown Oklahoma City and has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since that time.

If found guilty, Rasmussen faces a maximum potential penalty on each of the four counts of twenty years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and mandatory restitution.  If, however, the court determines his criminal history includes two or more serious violent felonies, he could be subject to mandatory life in prison.

This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI—Oklahoma City Field Office, the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Yukon Police Department, and the Chickasha Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wilson D. McGarry and Mary E. Walters are prosecuting the case.