Jury convicts Warrenton bank robber

Posted 11/7/19

By Tim Schmidt Record Managing Editor An Audrain County jury last week found a Warren County man guilty of robbing a Warrenton bank at gunpoint. Ronald J. Wright, 43, was convicted of first-degree …

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Jury convicts Warrenton bank robber


Record Managing EditorAn Audrain County jury last week found a Warren County man guilty of robbing a Warrenton bank at gunpoint.Ronald J. Wright, 43, was convicted of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23, according to Warren County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly King.The trial was moved to Audrain County on a change of venue. A third felony charge for resisting arrest remains pending. He was arrested Sept. 25, 2014, following a short foot pursuit.Wright was found guilty of robbing the Jonesburg State Bank branch, located at 508 N. Highway 47 in Warrenton, on Sept. 8, 2014.Police said Wright was wearing a mask when he entered the bank and walked directly to a teller where he displayed a semi-automatic handgun. He demanded money and the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash.In a statement released following the trial, Jonesburg State Bank President/CEO Dan Robb said, “We would like to thank local law enforcement, Kelly King and the entire prosecutor’s office on an outstanding job with the prosecution of the individual that robbed our bank in September of 2014. The safety and security of our bank family is very important to us. When justice is served and the person that jeopardized that safety and security is convicted, it helps bring back peace of mind.”Wright fled the scene in a pewter-colored GMC Sonoma pickup with a long bed that was parked in an alley behind the bank. The truck had a sticker of a skull and crossbones located in the back window.That distinctive sticker helped police identify Wright as a suspect. The Record learned during the investigation that Wright City police had pulled over a truck matching the one used by Wright a couple of weeks prior to the bank heist.According to a probable cause statement, a person matching the description of Wright was seen getting into a truck parked behind the bank immediately after the robbery. Minutes later, the suspect was wearing a black tank-top and was spotted by police running from the pickup. The shirt was later found in Wright’s residence by police.Wright used to live in the Liberty Gardens apartment complex in Wright City. He formerly lived in the 1900 block of Golden Vicary in Warrenton, according to court documents.This is the second bank robbery to have occurred at the Jonesburg State Bank branch in Warrenton and the third involving one of the bank’s branches since November 2011. In both instances, the suspects were taken into custody.Since May 2011, 10 banks in the area have been robbed, eight of which are located in Warren County.Ronald J. Wright