Robbery suspect arraigned
Madras resident Tyler Fuller, 28, was arraigned Aug. 31, on charges related to a bank robbery Aug. 21, at U.S. Bank.
Fuller, who remains lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility with security set at $50,000, appeared by video for arraignment, and entered not guilty pleas to second- and third-degree robbery, Class B and C felonies, respectively, second-degree theft, a Class A misdemeanor, and violating his probation.
The bank robbery at 42 SW C St. was reported at 1:58 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, about three hours after the conclusion of the total solar eclipse, when both Fourth and Fifth streets were clogged with visitors. He reportedly fled on foot.
Fuller was immediately identified as a suspect in the robbery, but was not located until Aug. 24, when Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies, acting on a tip, stopped a sport utility vehicle on Highway 361. Fuller was a passenger in the vehicle, which had two other passengers, plus the driver.
Deputies approached the vehicle with guns drawn, according to Sheriff Jim Adkins, who noted that Fuller was "always considered armed and dangerous."
"Tyler was arrested without incident, complying with our commands," said Adkins.
Police have not disclosed how much money was taken in the robbery, but a charge of second-degree theft indicates that the amount was at least $100, but less than $1,000.
According to Oregon Revised Statutes, a person commits the crime of third-degree robbery if, in the course of trying to commit a theft, the person uses or threatens the immediate use of physical force upon another person. Similarly, in second-degree robbery, a person trying to commit a theft "represents by word or conduct that the person is armed with what purports to be a dangerous or deadly weapon.
Investigators have not indicated whether or not there was a weapon involved.
The new charges against Fuller are part of 33 different case numbers that date back to a speeding ticket in September 2006. Since then, he has faced a long list of charges, including forgery, theft, assault, coercion, menacing, strangulation, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, possession of methamphetamine, and criminal driving while suspended.
Matthew Murphy, of Bend, is Fuller's court-appointed attorney. The arrest affidavit, which reveals more details of the case, was sealed Aug. 22, by Circuit Court Judge Daina Vitolins, at the request of District Attorney Steve Leriche.