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Oklahoma crime briefs for Feb. 22

Oklahoma crime briefs for Feb. 22
Published: February 22, 2013



Braum's clerk says he was robbed

A Braum's clerk told police he was lured to the parking lot at 2001 NW 164, where two former co-workers tried to rob him Tuesday afternoon. Elijiah Hinton, 17, and Khalil Keys, 19, were arrested the next day on armed robbery complaints. Austin Levey, 18, told police Keys owed him $60 and asked to meet him at the parking lot to repay him. When Levey got in Keys' car, Hinton pointed a pistol at him and yelled at him to give up his phone, according to the report. Levey told Hinton “cock the gun” before pushing Levey's head down and hitting the back of his head with the gun and his fist, according to the report. Levey got out of the car and the robbers drove off, according to the report. Hinton and Keys were booked into the Oklahoma County jail. Hinton was released on bail. Keys' bail is set at $20,000.



Reward set in gun burglary

Thirty handguns and a rifle were stolen Feb. 13 from City Gun & Pawn in Stigler, officials with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced Thursday. The ATF is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary. The special agent in charge of the ATF's Dallas field office, Paul Vanderplow, said it's important that authorities recover the weapons to prevent them from being used in violent crimes.



Man to stand trial in hoax

A Cordell man accused of threatening to “shoot up” Cordell High School was found competent to stand trial Tuesday in Washita County District Court. Christopher Thomason, 21, is charged with a terrorism hoax, computer fraud and unlawful use of a computer system. Attorneys for both the state and Thomason agreed to the findings of a competency evaluation. District Judge Christopher Kelly ruled the case will continue and set Thomason's preliminary hearing for March 26. Thomason made threats on an Internet chat board to “shoot up the school,” according to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents. He remains in the Washita County jail on $250,000 bail, records show.



2 officers await bail

Felony charges have been filed against two Altus police officers alleging they attempted to receive stolen property. Jackson County District Attorney John Wampler said officers Russell Hansel and Jose Arce were charged Thursday. Hansel faces one count each of knowingly receiving stolen property and conspiracy and two counts of attempted knowingly receiving stolen property. Arce faces one count each of conspiracy and attempted knowingly receiving stolen property. Wampler alleges they purchased various items they believed had been stolen, including tools and handguns, from an Altus Police Department detective who was working undercover for the FBI in a public corruption investigation. Both officers are in custody pending posting of bail.

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