A suspect who allegedly used a T-shirt to cover his face during a Lincoln County store robbery, which prompted a manhunt, hunkered down to elude capture, then approached a home hours later to call authorities and turn himself in, deputies said Tuesday.
Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said Clint Charles Johnson, 26, was arrested and jailed in Lincoln County on complaints of robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and destruction of evidence. Formal charges have not been filed.
Dougherty said this case first unfolded when the clerk at B&B General Store in Kendrick reported she was robbed Monday afternoon.
She said the suspect, wearing a shirt over his face and covering everything but his eyes, came in and reached over to open her cash register drawer.
“At first, she thought it was a joke so she reached up and pulled the shirt off his face,” Dougherty said. The suspect, while cursing back, told her it wasn’t a joke and demanded money, he said, then grabbed the cash register and threw it to the ground.
The suspect allegedly picked the register back up and forced the clerk to open it, then fled with about $300 cash and five packs of cigarettes, the sheriff said.
The suspect drove off in a green Dodge pickup, with the clerk describing the man as being in his 20s, with her remembering he had cut jeans with red and black checkered boxers showing, Dougherty said.
Deputies responded to the area, with Dougherty finding the ditched pickup within about 15 minutes of the initial call.
The truck, which broke down, was left to burn, he said, although the fire burned itself out in the cab.
Deputies began searching the area and sought out the registered owner of the truck in Cushing. Further inquiries revealed that the owner’s sister left the keys in the truck and it was missing from her place of employment.
The sheriff, who called a manhunt for the area where the truck was found, said an airplane from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol responded for air support as deputies used dogs. Man trackers from the district attorney’s task force also were utilized as about 20 laws enforcement officers from Lincoln County’s special operations team converged to search a five-mile radius.
“Two tracking teams were in the woods but were unable to turn anything up,” Dougherty said. Monday evening, the sheriff called off the search.
Hours later, deputies received a phone call from a residence on 840 Road, located about one mile south of the manhunt area.
Despite the late-night hour when most were likely asleep for the night, the homeowner reported a man approached her home, saying he needed help.
Page 2 of 2 - “He said he had stolen a truck in Cushing and wanted to turn himself in,” Dougherty said, so deputies responded.
“He gave up without incident — he was sitting on the front porch with his hands in the air when deputies arrived,” Dougherty said, adding the suspect was likely tired and cold.
The sheriff said Johnson, who was found to be wearing clothing that included black and red checkered boxers, reported to authorities that he is homeless and had been sleeping in a Cushing park.
The sheriff said the suspect “did state he had been on meth and awake the last three days.”
The store clerk picked Johnson from a lineup as the robbery suspect, the sheriff said.
Dougherty said Johnson also is jailed without bond on several Payne County arrest warrants, including burglary, larceny of an automobile and other charges.
Dougherty said while the suspect allegedly said he had a gun during the robbery, he never produced a weapon and one was never found.
He also told deputies where he hid the cash, Dougherty said, so deputies responded to retrieve that cash Tuesday.