The suspect in the robbery taking place April 9 at Newton’s First Bank south branch has been identified as Martin L. Paris, a 50-year-old white male on federal probation in Oklahoma for previous bank robberies.
At approximately 5:45 p.m. Monday, the suspect walked into the First Bank at 1404 S. Kansas Ave. and produced a note.
“No weapon was brandished,” said Newton Police Department Deputy Chief Craig Dunlavy.
After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect left. The bank tellers were unharmed in the robbery.
“He was only in there for about 45 seconds,” Dunlavy said. “It was very short.”
Paris was last known to be in the Oklahoma City area Tuesday night. He is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, approximately 170 pounds and is believed to be driving a silver 2015 Kia Optima.
Videos and images of Paris and his vehicle have gone out to other law enforcement agencies involved in the search for him.
“We’ve disseminated those videos and photos to surrounding agencies several counties away,” Dunlavy said. ”...We’ve already been in contact with the FBI.”
Paris was identified when someone he knew recognized a surveillance image of him in media coverage and alerted authorities.
If you know the whereabouts of Paris, you are encouraged to call 911. Do not approach him or try to confront him. If you are concerned about being anonymous, you can use the Tip411 app.