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Escaped inmate tries to rob several metro businesses

OKLAHOMA CITY - A prison escapee attempted to rob several local businesses with no gun or shoes.

Now, Robert Wirtz is back behind bars.

"The suspect was described as a white male wearing no shoes," said Sgt. Megan Morgan.

Oklahoma City Police told News 4 Wirtz allegedly tried robbing several local businesses.

"Two days ago, police responded to several robberies in about 45 minutes. They were all in the same area near northwest 23rd and Penn," said Morgan.

Monday, Wirtz allegedly walked into McDonald's, Sprint, Braum's and 7-Eleven, with no shoes. Police say he also threatened employees with a gun.

"It appears to all of the clerks, all the employees reported the same way, that it looked like the male had his finger in his pocket, trying to pretend like he had a gun," said Morgan.

Wirtz got away with no money, so he tried his luck again Tuesday at Walmart near northwest 23rd and Penn.

He allegedly walked up to an employee and demanded money, so she yelled for help.

"Other employees and citizens jumped in and were able to take this suspect down before police arrived," Morgan said.

Wirtz is a convicted felon with five DUI's. He has served prison time in Colorado and is supposed to be serving a prison sentence in Oklahoma. He escaped a correctional facility Saturday.

"After they ran him through the system, it was found that he was actually a DOC escapee also," Morgan said.

The prison is a low-security facility for non-violent offenders.

Wirtz is serving a three-year sentence for grand larceny.

But now, he could possibly face a longer one.

"That suspect was taken into custody and was arrested for robbery by force and fear," Morgan said.

Wirtz is currently in the Oklahoma County jail.

He had 340 days left on his sentence.