Tulsa Police: Panhandler Arrested For Robbery, Assault

Monday, August 12th 2019, 12:51 pm
By: Amy Slanchik

Tulsa Police say a man was arrested after an attempted robbery on Monday.

According to police around 3 a.m., a man was entering the QuikTrip at 31st and Sheridan when the suspect, Jose Ramon Espada-Laporte, stopped him and asked for money. The man refused and went into the store.

The man said when he left the store, Espada-Laporte approached him again with a knife and demanded money, the police report states.

Police say the victim again refused and tried to get away, at which point Espada-Laporte got into his vehicle and attempted to run into the victim. At some point, Espada-Laporte managed to hit the victim's arm with the car.

When police arrived, they detained Espada-Laporte. After reviewing surveillance footage, police arrested him on complaints of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.

Espada-Laporte served 18 years for manslaughter in a Tulsa County case.

The victim is OK, according to police.