Masked gunmen rob teens for iPhones, cash


OKLAHOMA CITY — Police are investigating four armed robberies from Wednesday night.

They said the suspects were disguised in some sort of Halloween mask in at least two of the incidents.

They are investigating the possibility several of the incidents might be related.

Thursday about 9:30 p.m., three teen boys were on their way home when a man wearing a “Jason” mask robbed them at gunpoint.

The gunman and another suspect sped up to the victims as they were in their car, parked and prepared to get out.

According to the victims, there were two suspects, one of them had a shotgun, on the 600 block of N.W. 143rd St.

The victims were 15, 16 and 17 years old.

A 15-year-old named Paul (we are withholding Paul’s last name to protect him from retaliation) said, “I never thought that would really happen here in Edmond. I remember the black car pulling up, and the shotgun pointed at the car. I was hoping he wouldn’t shoot any of us.”

The teens are students at Santa Fe High School and all play in the marching band.

“The suspects had a shotgun,”  OKC Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. “They robbed these youths of phones, wallets and some other items.” 

However, as the suspects sped off, the teens started tracking their stolen iPhones with an iPad.

When officers arrived to the scene, the teens were able to pinpoint the exact location of the suspect vehicle.

“Had the boys gone inside and not thought about the app on the phone that they could trigger to track phone, we would not have been able to make the arrests,” Capt. Nelson said.

Police arrested two 21-year-old men, Jarrod Truss and Quinton Draper, after they initially ran from officers.

The stolen property is being held as evidence right now but should be returned to the young victims next week.