Two Men Arrested After Standoff in Muskogee

Thursday, September 9th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

About a half dozen sharpshooters waited patiently outside the Econolodge in Muskogee. The standoff started after FBI agents and Tulsa police officers tried to arrest two men who were staying at the motel. "These subjects are possible suspects in a robbery that happened Wednesday in the Tulsa area," said Officer Reggie Cotton, Muskogee police department.

Police also want to talk to them about the murder of Mary Bowles, and a rash of Tulsa crimes. Early Thursday morning, officers received a tip that the men who robbed the Tulsa Federal Employees Credit Union on Wednesday were staying at the Econolodge in Muskogee. Victor Miller surrendered, but George Hanson barricaded himself inside. Six hours later, officers shot tear gas in the room, Hanson came out and the FBI arrested him. "It is worth the wait," said Cotton. "In a situation like this when somebody is arrested, no problems occur, it is worth the wait."

Tulsa police say both men have arrest records in Tulsa that date back to the 80s.
Police say 35-year-old George Hanson has been arrested several times for a series of robberies in Tulsa County. Police say 36-year old Victor Miller has been convicted for murder and armed robbery in Tulsa County. The Muskogee Federal Credit Union sits just two doors down from the Econolodge where the two were arrested. "It is kind of strange, but we don't have anything that would tell us that they were trying to rob the credit union," said Cotton.

The credit union and two local businesses were shut down during the standoff.
Both Hanson and Miller were scheduled to appear before a federal judge this afternoon.
Also, the reward is now up to $13,000 for any information leading to the arrest of Mary Bowles' killer. You can leave your tip anonymously by calling 596-COPS.