TPD: Standoff Suspect Confessed To Multiple Other Robberies
TULSA, Oklahoma - A robbery at a Tulsa Dollar General store turned into a tense three-hour standoff that shut down an entire block and put employees and people near Admiral and Harvard on edge Friday.
Police identified the robbery suspect as Treveon Vaughn. They said he went into the store, armed with a gun, and tried to rob it.
Police said employees were able to escape the store and left Vaughn inside the store alone. Police also said they believe a getaway driver left the scene.
After three hours of negotiations, Vaughn surrendered peacefully.
Police say Vaughn has been working with several people to rob Dollar Generals and donut shops for the past few weeks. They said he is just one person on a laundry list of people they’ve been looking for in connection to the armed robberies.
Vaughn has only been out of prison for a few months. He was released in April after serving nine years for shooting with intent to kill.
"I don't know a lot about the history, his name has popped up with some of our other investigations," said Tulsa Police Sergeant Brandon Watkins.
Detectives interviewed Vaughn for two hours Friday and ended up booking him into jail in connection with several Dollar General and donut store robberies. He's also facing burglary and arson complaints.
Watkins said bagging a criminal like Vaughn made Friday's standoff worth it.
"You just don't know what the guy's thinking or what he's deciding - if he wants to come out and shoot it out with police officers," he said.
Watkins said their work is far from over. He said they know Vaughn hasn't been working alone; in fact, they're still looking for his getaway driver.
“For us, it's a great start. Obviously, he had a guy there who left him. We want to find out who that person is and go after him," Watkins said. "We believe this guy's been running around with multiple people and we wanna catch them all."
Police said, with Vaughn's criminal history, he's looking at 25 more years in prison, at least, if a jury finds him guilty.
Watkins said they'll continue looking for anybody who might have worked with Vaughn to commit the robberies.
If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.