Tulsa Police Announce Arrest In 2011 Murder Case

Monday, May 11th 2020, 4:26 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

TULSA, Okla. -

On Monday Tulsa Police announced that they have connected two people to Peggy Gaytan's December 2011 murder.

Investigators say they believe one of the suspects has died since that murder and the other suspect, Patrick Hamstard, was arrested Monday morning. Police say this investigation took them to several states including most recently Colorado.

This arrest comes 8 and a half years after Peggy Gaytan was murdered working at her job as a convenience store clerk. It all happened on December 22nd, 2011 when a man wearing a mask walked into the Shell station near 36th and Harvard and shot Gaytan who was behind the counter.

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Police described what happened at the time as an execution because the gunman shot her within 4 seconds and they are unsure of an exact motive. But they do not think Gaytan knew both suspects. Police are not releasing details about how they connected Hamstard to the murder but say the second suspect who they belive stayed outside the store was killed a few years ago.

Chief Wendell Franklin says Homicide detectives never gave up on this case.

"This closes the book on this particular Homicide for us. It closes a painful chapter for the Gaytan family and brings closure for them,"

Tulsa Police say Hamstard is now in jail with no bond. . They did not reveal the identity of the second suspect.