OKLAHOMA CITY – An alleged heist and fight for survival lands an elderly woman behind bars.
The 79-year-old woman is accused of taking part in a daring robbery in the metro.
One of the suspects, who turns 80 this year, is facing charges of robbery, burglary and kidnapping.
Before this, the woman had never been charged with a felony.
Police say 43-year-old Curtis Wacasey was caught stealing roofing shingles by a security guard at a building supply business.
That guard nearly lost his life in the ensuing struggle.
“It was a very dangerous and very intense situation,” said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “At several points, the victim thought he might die.”
First, the guard tried to taze the suspect before they both fell into the back of the suspect’s pickup truck.
Authorities say that’s when a second suspect stepped on the gas.
Police say the 79-year-old getaway driver, Bobbie House, sped down S.W. 3rd St. with her alleged accomplice and the guard fighting in the back of the truck the whole time.
“According to the victim, he was afraid he’d end up passing out,” said Wardlow. “The suspect was choking him to the point he started to lose consciousness. That’s when he made the decision to draw his gun and fire at the suspect.”
That shot missed and both suspects got away, only to be arrested later.
Court records claim 79-year-old House confessed to the break-in.
Both suspects remain behind bars at the Oklahoma County Jail.
Unlike his elderly counterpart, Wacasey does have a lengthy criminal record, which includes theft and drug-related charges.