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Bank robbery suspect to be held pending trial

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File Photo A unit from the Roswell Police Department parked in front of Pioneer Bank on North Pennsylvania Avenue following a bank robbery on March 13.

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A federal court Monday granted a motion by the government to keep a man accused of robbing a Roswell bank incarcerated pending trial.

Randy Matthew Peraza, 47, of Oklahoma City, will be held in a correctional facility until his trial per a detention order granted Monday at a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.

The court granted the government’s motion after it was determined Peraza represents a flight risk and that no conditions of release would reasonably assure that he will appear in court as required.

Other criteria stated in the order for Peraza’s continued detention include his prior criminal history, prior instances where he failed to make mandated court appearances, a history of alcohol or substance abuse and a history of violence or use of weapons.

Peraza Monday also waived his right to a preliminary hearing. When reached for comment Friday, Amanda Skinner, Peraza’s attorney, declined to comment on the case.

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Peraza faces federal charges of bank robbery and incidental crimes in connection with the March 13 robbery of Pioneer Bank at 306 North Pennsylvania Avenue. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

No one was injured during the robbery.

According to a criminal complaint filed in District Court, Peraza allegedly entered Pioneer Bank March 13 at 10:25 a.m., where he told people in the bank “this is a robbery.” He then ordered a bank teller to hand over to him all the 100, 50, 20 and 10 dollar bills that he could.

The complaint does not indicate Peraza was armed.

In all, the teller allegedly gave Peraza $4,738 dollars in cash. The complaint states Peraza then exited the bank, walked across the street and sat down on the grass.

A short time later, officers with the Roswell Police Department arrived at the scene in response to the activation of the bank’s panic alarm. Peraza was subsequently arrested and all but $20 of the stolen money was recovered, according to the complaint.

Later, when interviewed by police, Peraza allegedly admitted to the robbery.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

 

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