3 face charges after prison escapee
Oklahoma County prosecutors filed multiple charges Monday against a prison escapee, his girlfriend and his father, court records show. Kristopher Bud Johnson, 25, of Oklahoma City, is charged with seven felonies, including robbery with a firearm and aggravated eluding a police officer. He is accused of stealing a car at gunpoint and leading police on a high-speed chase after escaping prison custody in Union City. Chelsea Allyce Price, 25, of Oklahoma City, and Curtis Leroy Johnson, 53, of Norman, are accused of harboring a fugitive, records show. According to court documents, Price picked up Johnson near State Highway 152 and SH 81 after he escaped custody July 8 from a community-level correctional facility. Four days later, Johnson used a pistol to steal a car and a cellphone from a man who gave the couple a ride, police reported. When officers tried to pull Johnson over in the stolen car near Price's home, he eluded them, police reported. Police later returned to the home in the 8200 block of Douglas Drive, where they served a search warrant and took Johnson and Price into custody. Curtis Johnson was seen working on a car with his son before the pursuit and driving around Price's residence in a suspicious manner afterward, police reported in the affidavit.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Police arrest suspect in shooting
One man has been arrested and other arrests are expected in a fatal shooting Wednesday in northwest Oklahoma City, police said Monday. Antwion Courtez Martin, 20, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Friday on complaints of murder and shooting with intent to kill. Martin is accused of fatally shooting Edmond James Tyree, 48, and wounding Michael Joe Hale, 47, in an apartment at 524 N Rockwell Ave., police said. Tyree was found dead on the living room floor of his apartment. Hale told investigators three men walked into Tyree's apartment and demanded the victims' phones, according to the affidavit. One of the three intruders shot each victim once, according to the affidavit. Hale identified Martin as the shooter from a Facebook photo, according to the document. No information concerning Martin's arrest was released because other arrests are pending, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Monday.
LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, STAFF WRITER
Body found after shots fired
A man was found dead Sunday after someone called police about 3 a.m. to report shots fired at a northwest Oklahoma City home. Jason Monnier, 35, was pronounced dead at 1632 NW 14, police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. Police have not made any arrests or named any suspects. Witnesses reported two other men in the area at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide tip line at 297-1200.
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Man accused of making threats
Prosecutors Monday filed a terrorism hoax charge against a homeless man accused of threatening to blow up a nightclub, records show. Roy Lee Chambers, 37, told police he was upset because people were laughing at him, according to a probable cause affidavit. Chambers was arrested July 11 outside Kamps 1310 Lounge, 1310 NW 25, after witnesses said he threatened to “blow the entire dance club down,” and ran after clubgoers with a black rod threatening to “do harm,” police reported in the affidavit.
TIM WILLERT, STAFF WRITER
Jury being picked in Oklahomans' deaths
Jury selection began Monday for an Arizona inmate who escaped from prison and is accused of killing a retired Oklahoma couple traveling through New Mexico. John McCluskey is the last defendant to face federal carjacking and murder charges in the deaths of Gary and Linda Haas, of Tecumseh. The Haases were headed to Colorado for an annual camping trip when they were targeted for their truck and travel trailer. McCluskey was one of three prisoners who escaped from a medium-security prison near Kingman, Ariz., in July 2010 with the help of his cousin and fiance, Casslyn Welch. One of the inmates was captured after a shoot-out with authorities in Colorado, while McCluskey, Welch and inmate Tracy Province embarked on a crime spree that sparked a three-week nationwide manhunt. Province and Welch pleaded guilty last year to charges stemming from the Haases' deaths, and both face life sentences. They are expected to testify during McCluskey's trial. Prosecutors will seek the death penalty if McCluskey is convicted.