Suspect arrested minutes after south OKC bank robbery
OKLAHOMA CITY – A community is dealing with a shake up after a man was arrested in their neighborhood for robbing a bank Thursday.
Police said 27-year-old Joshua McClendon robbed the First Fidelity Bank at S.W. 29th St. and Shartel just before 5 p.m.
Officers arrested him minutes later, just feet from where children play.
“I was playing right here just a little bit and then I saw police come,” Angel Rivera said. “Then he told me, ‘Did you see a robber,’ and I said, ‘Yes.’”
Just 8 years old, Rivera told police he saw the bank robber trying to hide next door.
“He had a bag that’s Dollar General and I think he had the money in there,” Rivera said.
Police said McClendon did have a large amount of money on him.
They said he walked into the First Fidelity Bank just before closing, gun in hand.
“It’s always been kind of leery for me to be in a bank because you never know when that’s going to happen,” Janice Wesley said.
The employees that were there told police the man forced them to put their hands up and backs against the wall.
They said he jumped the counter and grabbed the cash.
“It’s scary,” Rosa Tavarez said.
Tavarez recognized McClendon as she watched police arrest him.
Turns out, she said he walked past her home to get to the bank.
“He had all the opportunity to change his mind from this walk to the bank,” Tavarez said.
That didn’t happen.
Now, experiencing police lights and crime tape surrounding their neighborhood is something even the youngest feel isn’t safe.
“I was just a little scared,” Rivera said.
They’re glad the man police said they believe robbed the bank is off their streets.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said McClendon now faces federal bank robbery charges.