An Okemah man was robbed at gunpoint while using an ATM at a Shawnee bank Saturday night, but witness statements and a good description of the suspect helped police nab a 15-year-old suspect in connection with the case.

A Shawnee police report shows Officer Vivian White responded to the BancFirst at Federal and Harrison streets about 8:27 p.m. for an armed robbery.

The 50-year-old Okemah man said he was at the drive-by ATM when a black male suspect came up to his window with a gun and said, “Give me your money.”

The man gave the suspect what he had in his wallet —a $10 bill and a $5 bill, along with some $1 bills — but the suspect wanted more, the report shows.

The man said he was so nervous that he couldn’t withdraw any money out of the machine. The police report shows the suspect wasn’t happy and shoved a gun to the man’s head. The suspect pulled the trigger and said “never mind,” the report said. The gun, later identified as a 4.5 mm Pro 77 BB gun, apparently wasn’t loaded.

Witnesses in another vehicle waiting to use the ATM told officers they saw a black male who appeared nervous talking to the person in the car in front of them at the ATM. They saw the suspect wave at them and run south around the bank.

Those witnesses described the suspect as a male standing 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. They said he was wearing a white shirt, jeans, white tennis shoes and had a white bandana with some type of design on it.


An Okemah man was robbed at gunpoint while using an ATM at a Shawnee bank Saturday night, but witness statements and a good description of the suspect helped police nab a 15-year-old suspect in connection with the case.
A Shawnee police report shows Officer Vivian White responded to the BancFirst at Federal and Harrison streets about 8:27 p.m. for an armed robbery.
The 50-year-old Okemah man said he was at the drive-by ATM when a black male suspect came up to his window with a gun and said, “Give me your money.”
The man gave the suspect what he had in his wallet —a $10 bill and a $5 bill, along with some $1 bills — but the suspect wanted more, the report shows.
The man said he was so nervous that he couldn’t withdraw any money out of the machine. The police report shows the suspect wasn’t happy and shoved a gun to the man’s head. The suspect pulled the trigger and said “never mind,” the report said. The gun, later identified as a 4.5 mm Pro 77 BB gun, apparently wasn’t loaded.
Witnesses in another vehicle waiting to use the ATM told officers they saw a black male who appeared nervous talking to the person in the car in front of them at the ATM. They saw the suspect wave at them and run south around the bank.
Those witnesses described the suspect as a male standing 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. They said he was wearing a white shirt, jeans, white tennis shoes and had a white bandana with some type of design on it.
That description helped police make an arrest a short time later.
Shawnee Patrol Officers Josh Wiedmann and Alan Nichols responded to the 24-hour tanning salon at 1526 N. Harrison about 9:10 p.m. to check a report of two suspicious males behind the store.
They noticed two persons matching that description on Harrison Street, walking toward Walgreen’s. The males, both teens, told officers they jumped the fence behind the salon because it was a short cut. They were released, but five minutes later, Officer Wiedmann’s narrative shows he realized one of the teens matched the description of the BancFirst armed robbery suspect. He found the teens nearby in a parking lot area at Independence and Harrison streets.
The 15-year-old teen who matched the description of the suspect was detained. During a pat-down for officer safety, Officer Wiedmann felt a knot in the suspect’s pants, which turned out to be a white bandana, and Wiedmann also felt what he recognized as a handgun, the report said.
The suspect was handcuffed and the officer removed the gun from the suspect’s pants. While it was determined to be a BB gun, it was black metal and had no markings that would identify it as not being a real firearm, Wiedmann’s report shows.
Both teens were taken to the police department for questioning.
The teen matching the robbery suspect’s description admitted to officers that he stole the BB gun from a local discount store and “then robbed a guy,” the report narrative reads.
“He stated that he hit the guy in the mouth with the gun and then took his money,” the report said.
Afterwards, the suspect said he gave his friend $2 so he could buy a Twix candy bar before police stopped them at Walgreen’s.
The robbery victim and witnesses were at the police station and recognized the white bandana and identified the teen as the BancFirst suspect. The Okemah man also identified the BB gun police took as evidence as the same one shoved in his face during the incident, the report shows.
The 15-year-old armed robbery suspect was placed in Carter Hall Juvenile Detention Center while his friend, who was questioned by police, was released.
Community Relations Officer Dan Shumaker said the victim and witnesses did a great job staying calm during the robbery and getting good descriptions for police.
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Kim Morava may be reached at 214-3962.