Authorities have arrested a man known as “Big Irish” in the beating death of an Oklahoma City man.
Larry Eugene Tosh, 39, was arrested Wednesday on a murder complaint. He is accused of killing Richard Allen Burns Jr., 32.
Burns was found beaten about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 1100 block of SW 41. He was taken to OU Medical Center, where he died.
On the night of his death, Burns told several people he was on his way to the Red Dog Cafe to meet “Irish,” who was going to help him with his drug debt, according to the arrest warrant.
A friend said she called Burns about 10:10 p.m. and a man with a strong “Irish” accent answered Burns' phone and told her to not call again unless she was bringing money to Burns, according to court documents.
An informant told police he knew Larry Tosh as “Big Irish,” a member of the Irish mob, and that Tosh told him he had been hired by a Mexican drug dealer to beat up Burns because of his drug debt.
The informant also told police Tosh said another member of the Irish mob named “Cagle,” who is in prison, wanted Burns beaten up because he thought Burns had been with his girlfriend.
Tosh told the informant he only hit Burns four times, that Burns fought back and he does not know why Burns died. The informant said Tosh said he was only hired to beat Burns up, not kill him, and the death was really bothering him, according to the arrest warrant.
Police found that four phone calls were made Sept. 19 between Burns and Tosh's phones, according to the warrant.
Tosh was arrested Wednesday in the 3700 block of Geraldine Avenue by members of the Oklahoma County sheriff's warrant team with assistance from U.S. marshals.
Tosh was convicted of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 1997, and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession with intent to distribute in 2003, according to the warrant.
He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail without bail.