The Pryor Times

April 27, 2013

Suspect arrested after 10 weeks

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Robert Rowbotham was arrested April 15. His initial court appearance was the same day. His bond was set at $150,000 and he was remanded to the custody of the Mayes County Jail.

He and Carl Thomas are charged with possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute (after former felony conviction). Rowbotham is also charged with endeavoring to manufacture controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm. Brett

Mull and Alan Davis were the arresting officers.

The arrest was made 10 weeks after the two men were involved in a drug bust.

In January, a sheriff’s deputy and an off duty Salina Police Officer made a routine traffic stop near Days Inn in Pryor, just after 2 a.m.

The officers approached the vehicle, believing there were drugs inside. Rowbotham and Thomas were asked to exit the vehicle. A k-9 unit alerted the officers to narcotics inside the vehicle.

One of the men informed the officers of a meeting happening inside the hotel. Following the tip, the officers located the room and the dog again alerted the officers that drugs were present.

Will Perneau and a woman were found inside the room. The woman complied with the officers. Perneau resisted the officers and was placed in handcuffs. While the officers were frisking him, the woman caused a diversion which allowed Perneau enough time to retrieve a gun from his waistband and begin shooting. Perneau fired several shots before being shot and killed, by one of the officers.

Thomas, 26, of Pryor, and Rowbotham, 41, of Locust Grove, were taken into custody but were not arrested at that time.

The officers took required administrative leave because of the shock of the event. Warrants could not be issued for the arrest of the two men until the officers returned to work.

Thomas has not been arrested, but officers have a warrant and are on the lookout for him.