Suspects Arrested Following 3 Tulsa Armed Robberies

Wednesday, October 11th 2006, 11:59 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police made quick work of their investigation into a string of armed robberies Wednesday morning that left one man seriously injured.

Police say two men walked into a car wash at 4th and Utica and shot the attendant, then moved on to car washes at 11th near Harvard and 21st and Sheridan.

News on 6 anchor Tami Marler says from the first robbery at 4th and Utica, it took Tulsa Police about an hour to apprehend the suspects at 21st and Memorial.

Officers found the suspect vehicle at the Rose Rock Apartments just after the third robbery. A K9 officer was able to track the suspects in one of the apartments and three men were taken into custody.

Larry and Mark Graves say they're grateful Tulsa Police worked so quickly to get the suspects off the street.

Car was owner Larry Graves: "My son and I walked up to this little doorway and a guy was pointing a gun at us and said get on the floor and stay on the floor. Empty your pockets."

Armed robbery victim Mark Graves: "He said put your head down and my dad put his head down and I looked up because I wanted to see what they looked like and I know that one gentleman is the one that had the gun."

Witnesses were able to identify the suspects. They are, 26 year-old Ralph Pitts, 20 year-old Bryant Gamble and a 16 year-old juvenile male.

Tulsa Police credit their speedy work to good communication between officers and good descriptions from alert witnesses.