Customers React To Arrests In Tulsa Restaurant Owner's Murder

Saturday, April 30th 2016, 9:47 am
By: News On 6

The second suspect in the death of a Tulsa restaurant owner is in the Tulsa County jail and that has customers pleased.

In August 2015, Ted Coulson was shot to death at Ted's Hamburgers.  

I spoke to customers who've been waiting for this case to be cracked. Chowing down at Ted Hamburgers has become something of a tradition for the Wright family.  

"We've been coming here since we were kids," said Patrick Wright.  

He now brings his kids to the restaurant.

"I think it's really cool because a lot of my friend don't really know about the place so i like to talk about it," said Sterling Wright.  

When Wright was a kid, he says owner Ted Coulson would wiggle his ears to greet him.   A funny gesture he'll never forget.   He'll also never forget August 7, 2015, the day Ted's son James Coulson was stabbed to death during a robbery.

"I mean everybody has just been worried sick about it it was a brutal crime," said Patrick Wright.  

Nearly four months after James' death, police arrested Alcon Sanders in January. They knew there could be more suspects.  But hadn't tracked a second suspect down until this week. When police arrested Clifford Owens.

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"It was a very cowardly act. I"m sure they didn't really get that much from it," said Patrick Wright.  

Wright says people knew Coulson opened the shop in the morning before going fishing. He thinks the suspects were watching and waiting.  Although this recent arrest isn't enough to heal, Wright says it's a step.