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Robbery suspect captured at home

A Shady Cove man accused of robbing PremierWest Bank in Shady Cove last month is in jail on $1 million bail.

Shady Cove police, with help from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, arrested Bruce Ryan Satterlee, 26, at his home on Thursday and charged him with second-degree robbery and second-degree theft. They also searched his home in the Rogue River RV Park at 21800 Highway 62.

Just before noon Nov. 13, a robber entered the bank at 22175 Highway 62 and handed a teller a note demanding money, Shady Cove police said at the time. No gun was displayed. The man ran away after taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

Shady Cove officers as well as sheriff's deputies and FBI agents worked to solve the crime, Shady Cove police Sgt. Julie Denney said. An anonymous tip led investigators to identify Satterlee as the suspect and that break in the case pointed to additional evidence, she said in a news release.

She said Satterlee had moved to Shady Cove recently and rarely left his home.

However, the sheriff's department arrested him on Monday on two counts of attempted unauthorized use of a vehicle in White City. At his arraignment Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to 11 months' probation.

He also faces trial on charges related to the death of a child in Phoenix in February. Satterlee pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal mistreatment in a case involving his then-girlfriend, Trisha Marie Torresan, and her children.

Torresan is accused of killing her 2-year-old son, Caleb Hearne, in February. She has pleaded not guilty to the crime, and a trial is scheduled March 13.

Police say Satterlee, who was at the home when Caleb was found dead, withheld proper care for Torresan's children as they were being abused.

Caleb Hearne's grandmother, Gail Hearne, established a memorial fund for the boy at local PremierWest banks.

Reach reporter Meg Landers at 776-4481 or e-mail mlanders@mailtribune.com.