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'Medical OR' inmate is accused of robbing three Oklahoma banks in five days

A man who was released from the Oklahoma County jail in December, just before he was admitted to OU Medical Center with a serious brain injury, was arrested in connection with three metro-area bank robberies.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: May 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm •  Published: May 28, 2013

A career criminal who was let out of jail in December just before he was admitted to the hospital for a lengthy stay has been arrested in connection with three metro-area bank robberies.

Christy Demelvin Webb was taken into custody Wednesday at a motel in Shawnee after authorities received a tip he was there, said Rick Rains, an FBI spokesman.

Webb, 44, is accused of robbing two Bank of Oklahoma branches May 16 and May 17 in south Oklahoma City.

On May 20, the same day a tornado ripped through Moore and killed 24 people, an OU Federal Credit Union on Lindsey Street in Norman was robbed, and Webb is the suspect.

According to court records, Webb robbed at least one of the banks by slipping the teller a note. He only has been charged with one bank robbery, but Rains said he soon will be charged with the other two.

Webb has a criminal history dating to the 1980s, including convictions for escape from a penitentiary, stealing cars and various thefts.

At the time of his release from the Oklahoma County jail in December, he was accused of robbing a Dollar General store while wearing a wig and fake mustache.

Webb involved in suit

According to a lawsuit filed by OU Medical Center, Webb is one of dozens of inmates released from the Oklahoma County jail just before they were admitted to the Oklahoma City hospital.

The hospital is suing Sheriff John Whetsel, accusing the county's top lawman of dumping the inmates to avoid paying medical bills.

From March 2011 to February, the lawsuit alleges, the hospital treated 37 inmates from the Oklahoma County jail.

The hospital claims those medical bills totaled $976,487.

Court records reveal the sheriff's office has paid only $52,402 of that total.

“The sheriff and county have either refused to pay for the care provided to a particular patient or unilaterally decided to pay some amount less than what was due and owing,” the hospital's attorneys wrote in the petition, which was filed April 5 in Oklahoma County District Court.

An Oklahoma County district judge allowed Webb to be released on his own recognizance, a “Medical OR,” even though Webb was not in court and could not sign his name.

“The county and the sheriff have developed a practice of ... purporting to ‘release' inmates from custody before, and even after transporting them to the hospital, and then deny liability for the necessary medical care by saying the inmate is no longer in the county's custody,” the attorneys wrote in a petition filed in April.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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