OKLAHOMA CITY – A mourning father was arrested on unrelated charges just hours after his son’s murder.
He was taken into custody for writing bad checks, having nothing to do with the death of his son, Anthony Hartfield, Jr.
Anthony Hartfield, Sr. doesn’t dance around it; he said he understands why police arrested him.
It just happened at a terribly unfortunate time.
Hartfield, Jr. was shot in a home invasion Monday.
“I heard a ‘boom, boom’ and then that’s what woke me up,” the father said. “I got up and came out of the living room and I said, ‘Son, you all right?’ And he didn’t answer me so I came around and he was on the floor. He was dead.”
Just hours into that investigation, police found Hartfield, Sr. had an outstanding felony warrant from 2010.
He is accused of opening a fake bank account and writing bad checks.
Police arrested him right away.
“I feel bad about that,” he said. “I told them, I said I would take care of it. I just said, ‘Man, let me take care of my son.’ I said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. Let me just take care of my son.’”
His son’s murder case remains open with no leads on the shooter.
“Please come to justice and turn yourself in,” aunt Angela Lee said. “That’s my wish.”
Oklahoma City police said they had no choice but to arrest him because it was a felony warrant.
Friends and family have planned a candlelight vigil for Wednesday at 8 p.m.
They are gathering at the Western Hills Baptist Church’s basketball court where they said Hartfield, Jr. spent a lot of time.