When car salesman Roger Jean took a customer on a test drive Tuesday morning, he never anticipated it would be the ride of his life, or that he’d become part of a crime that could have been pulled from a movie script.
At around 10:30 a.m., Jean hopped in a used 2005 Dodge Ram with a man who was interested in buying it from Crosstown Motors, 10405 120 St.
“He was supposedly taking the truck to the Northwest Territories,” said Jean, who was suspicious right away. “We decided to go on a little drive.”
Though he was driving erratically, the man casually asked questions about the $25,000 truck and said he was interested in taking it to Sherwood Park to show his wife.
Jean said that the man stopped at a TD Bank at 112 Street and Groat Rd.
When he got back, Jean said the man was holding his side and breathing heavily.
“I said to myself, ‘Oh my god, this guy just robbed the bank.’”
Jean played it cool, and acted as if he knew nothing about the robbery. “I didn’t know who I was dealing with. There are a lot of cuckoos out there, especially in Edmonton.”
The man raced east down Yellowhead Trail to Sherwood Park, where he stopped at a gas station. Acting quickly, Jean snatched the keys from the ignition, fled, and called police.
Investigators believe the suspect is 40-year-old Marcel Perrot.