Man Wanted For Robbery, Holding Women Hostage In Midtown Tulsa


Monday, January 14th 2013, 10:58 am
By: Dee Duren


Tulsa Police are searching for a convicted felon who is currently wanted on a $470,000 bond. Deonta D. Ballard is the city's Most Wanted suspect this week.

Ballard has six felony warrants for his arrest: two counts of robbery with a firearm, burglary, kidnapping for extortion, kidnapping and felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court records, Ballard and another man forced their way into a midtown Tulsa house at gunpoint, stopping Carmanita Hughes as she was backing her car out of the garage in the 3900 block south of Darlington.

Ballard and Dustin Sanders held the woman and her 18-year-old daughter hostage for two hours, an affidavit states.

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Ballard and Sanders went through the house, taking items and - at one point - firing shots through into the floor.

When the men couldn't find cash, they forced Hughes and her granddaughter to drive to a bank and cash a check. The men stole the woman's car and escaped with the cash and stolen goods.

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A search of Oklahoma Department of Corrections records shows that Ballard was convicted in March, 2010 for possession of a stolen car and possession of a controlled substance.

Ballard is described as a 27-year-old black male who is 5'06" tall and 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Dustin Sanders, 20, remains in the Tulsa County jail with a court hearing set for January 22nd.

If you can help police find Deonta Ballard, call crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS or text a tip to CRIMES (274637). Begin your message with Tip918.