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Sheriff: ‘You can never replace a pet,’ provides comfort for family mourning loss of boy’s best friend

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel has offered to get the family a new dog after a northwest Oklahoma City boy watched as his best friend was killed in a high-speed chase.

Now, the sheriff has made good on his promise.

Saturday Ryan Barrow lost his playmate as car theft suspects sped through his neighborhood and hit his dog, “Red.”

Sarah Barrow and her family were in their front yard as car theft suspects raced by their home with deputies not far behind.

As the suspects came flying through the intersection, the Barrow’s beloved dog, “Red,” started to cross the street to get back to his family.

The pup tried to turn around as soon as he saw the car but it was too late.

Sarah, her husband, Chad, and her son, Ryan, could only stand by and watch.

She said the four-legged member of their family didn’t make it.

Barrow said she doesn’t know what her son will do without his best friend, “Red.”

On Monday, Sheriff Whetsel picked up the tab for adoption fees for the Barrow’s new dog.

The family adopted a Chihuahua, who they named ‘Chili.’chili

“I felt bad for 3-year Ryan Barrow,” said Sheriff Whetsel. “You can never replace a pet, but I felt it was necessary that I do something to bring a smile to Ryan’s face. I have

three dogs and I understand how much they mean to my family, so I just wanted to make sure Ryan had a four-legged friend to play with.”

‘Chili’ was a stray at the Edmond Animal Welfare.

Workers say they named him ‘Chili’ because he was found in the restaurant’s parking lot.

As for the suspects, police arrested Samantha Norman and Richard Simpson after the chase ended near N.W. 23rd St. and Villa Ave.

Deputies recovered a total of three stolen vehicles after the chase.

Simpson is facing charges for:

Richard Simpson

30-year-old Richard Simpson

  • Unauthorized use of vehicle
  • Concealing stolen property
  • Assault and battery with a deadly weapon
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Obstructing an officer
  • Driving with a revoked license
  • Leaving scene of a motor collision
  • No seat belt

Norman is facing charges for:

Samantha Norman

23-year-old Samantha Norman

  • Unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Obstructing an officer
  • No seat belt

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Deputies have two suspects in custody and recovered three stolen cars after a chase through northwest Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department said the chase started near N. Villa and Reno Ave. just after 11 a.m.

Deputies said they saw a man and woman get out of one car and into another, which they found was reported stolen.

After a 20-minute chase, officials said the two suspects ran from the car at N.W. 22nd St. and Billen Ave. near Villa Ave.

Deputies captured the woman first and took the man into custody a short time later.

After the chase authorities said they found two more stolen vehicles bringing the total to three.

The original car the two suspects were driving was reported stolen as well as the car involved in the chase and a third car at the suspects’ home on the 2200 block of Aurora Ct. near N.W. 23rd St. and Villa Ave.

Authorities surrounded the home and questioned two others who were inside.

The two at the home have not been arrested.

Officials have not released the identities of anyone involved in this incident.