A Payne County man reportedly looked for love in all the wrong places on Thursday.
The Stillwater Police Department arrested Jesse Allen Smith, 27, after responding to an armed robbery call from an employee at Christie’s Toy Box. Smith is accused of entering the store with a knife in order to steal cash register money and a blow-up doll, according to the police report.
Officers Jeremy Rager, Aaron Low and Paul Priegel worked with two Payne County sheriff’s deputies to catch Smith, who fled the scene once police arrived, according to an information sheet. The deputies allege he sped away from law enforcement, drove through a red light and narrowly missed striking a manned police vehicle before stopping.
After the chase, Smith reportedly refused to comply with the officer’s orders, so he was tazed before being transported to the Payne County Jail, according to the report. He appeared in court Friday and Associate District Judge Katherine Thomas ordered him to remain in custody without bond.
Smith faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempting to elude police after a former felony conviction. His Oklahoma Department of Corrections report shows convictions for three previous robberies and a knowingly concealing stolen property charge. He spent nearly four years in prison for the robbery charges, two of which were in Creek County, court records show.
For the latest robbery charge, Smith faces between 10 years to life in prison. For a third or subsequent offense, his sentence cannot be suspended or reduced to less than 10 years, according to the information sheet.
Smith appeared in court Monday, where he received his charges and an application for a court-appointed attorney. Thomas set his bail at $100,000.
Smith will next appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.