Police search for gun in homicide
Police are searching for a gun used in a Friday night car burglary that turned into homicide in northwest Oklahoma City. Brandon Bates, 26, told Oklahoma City homicide detectives that Brian Cook, 32, borrowed a black semi-automatic pistol from Austin Louis William, according to an Oklahoma County search warrant affidavit. Cook told detectives he knew the people who lived in 1624 NW 15 because he'd bought drugs from them, and that he and Bates wanted to rob them. Bates said Cook started looking through a car in the driveway when two people came from around the house and one began yelling at them while Cook was still in the car, according to the affidavit. Cook got out of the car, pulled out a handgun and fired four or five rounds, according to the affidavit. Cook said he thought he saw one of the two people with a gun and fired at them. After fleeing the scene, Cook said, he gave the gun back to William at his house at 1912 NW 12. Police think the gun used to kill Lorinda Frans, 51, was a .40-caliber semi-automatic. Police were granted a search warrant but did not find a gun. Some of the things police found were .40-caliber magazines, a .40-caliber shell casing from a round that had been fired, and drug paraphernalia, according to the search warrant's return and inventory.
LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, Staff Writer
Police detain 13-year-old in stabbing
An eighth-grade student was stabbed in the upper lip by another student Monday at Roosevelt Middle School, 3233 SW 44, authorities said. The stabbing occurred during lunch about 1:10 p.m. near the school's basketball courts, according to police and a statement from Oklahoma City Public Schools. A school resource officer saw the victim, a 14-year-old boy, step backward in an attempt to avoid the assault by a seventh-grade boy. “It looked like one delivered a punch to the other,” police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. When the officer ran toward the students, he discovered the victim had been stabbed. The victim was released to his parents, according to the statement from the school district. The officer handcuffed the other student, secured his knife and placed him in investigative detention at the school, Wardlow said. Police jailed Avila Ruben, 13, at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center on complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a weapon on school grounds, Wardlow said. The student also will be disciplined by the district, which has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons on its campuses, according to the statement.
JULIANA KEEPING, Staff Writer
Woman killed in drive-by shooting
A woman was gunned down Monday night in a drive-by shooting in northeast Oklahoma City, police said. Frances Ruth Madison, 52, was standing near a pickup just before 9 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, hitting her multiple times, police said. Madison was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police do not have a description of the suspect and don't know how many people were in the car. Anyone with information can call the police homicide tip line at 297-1200.
BRYAN DEAN, Staff Writer