Person Of Interest In Police Custody

Tuesday, October 23rd 2007, 7:40 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies and Tulsa police got into a chase Tuesday evening with a person of interest in a double murder case. That man is now in custody. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright was on the scene when the chase ended. She reports the man had led police in a pursuit in the cab of a semi.

The man refused to stop for four miles as Chief Deputy George Haralson pursued him. The chase finally ended when squad cars blocked him from every angle near 116th Street North and 97th East Avenue.

The take-down went smoothly and the man was handcuffed. The chase began when officers and deputies tried to serve a search warrant on the man's house.

"It's a search warrant for evidence in connection with a homicide. Based on what is or is not found, that will determine his status as a suspect with TPD,” said Tulsa County Sheriff’s Captain John Bowman.

Police went back to the house to conduct that search after the man was in custody. They will be there all night and will do more searching in daylight on Wednesday.

The person of interest was at police headquarters Tuesday night being questioned. Again, he is only being called a person of interest in the murders of two women found under a tarp on 56th Street North around 7:30 Tuesday morning.

Tulsa police say items found during a search of the victims' home, led them to the man in this case. It appears Angela Bassett and her friend, Angela Hargrove, were asphyxiated.

Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies thought they remembered another case of a woman's body that had been strangled, being found a few years ago in the same general area. They say they'll be researching that on Wednesday.

The deaths are Tulsa's 54th and 55th homicides of the year.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS, and you can remain anonymous.

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