OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A lengthy pursuit across the Oklahoma City metro Wednesday afternoon ended with police arresting a man who allegedly beat a co-worker on the head with a hammer on Tuesday.
Kevin Lewis Gilmore was wanted by police on suspicious of assault with a dangerous weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Gilmore is alleged to have repeatedly bashed a man’s head with a hammer at MD Building Products, 37 NW 122nd, where the victim works.
The victim was in the business’ breakroom at around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, making a pot of coffee. He told police he saw a man bending down next to a vending machine and thought the man was trying to break into the machine. He did not say anything to the man, and he had his back to him when the man allegedly hit him on the head with a heavy object. He said he fell to the floor during the attack and saw that the suspect was beating him with a hammer, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant.
The suspect struck the victim’s arms and hands with the hammer as the victim tried to cover up and protect himself from the attack, the affidavit states.
The victim said his attacker said “give me your money.” He told the suspect that he did not have his wallet, that it was at his work station.
A woman who works at the business told police she walked by the breakroom and saw a man standing over her co-worker, hitting him with a hammer. She said she shouted at the suspect, saying she called police and that they were on their way. She said the suspect then ran out of the building.
The victim suffered two large lacerations on the side and top of his head, as well as defensive wounds to both hands
“He was struck pretty severely. It was a pretty severe injury. The victim was transported to a local hospital, treated for a very serious injury. Thankfully, he’s going to be OK,” OKCPD Sgt. Dillon Quirk told KFOR.
The victim identified the suspect as a co-worker named Redd, whom he said drives a forklift. The witness said the suspect resembles a man who works in the warehouse, whom she also identified as Redd.
An MD Building Products security officer told police the only employee who matches the suspect’s description is a man named Kevin Gilmore, whom she said goes by the name Redd at work and operates a forklift in the warehouse.
Gilmore was apprehended on Wednesday, but his arrest came after a lengthy chase across the Oklahoma City metro.
The pursuit started shortly before 1:28 p.m. in the area of NW 122nd and Walker, heading east and coming up Santa Fe.
Gilmore got onto Kilpatrick turnpike and mostly stayed on it, though he did briefly get onto the Broadway Extension.
He went up and down the highway at normal speed, with patrol vehicles keeping a safe distance.
At one point authorities tried to use stop sticks to disable his vehicle but Gilmore avoided them.
Oklahoma City police trailed him onto 122nd and MacArthur.
They surrounded him at a gas station.
Gilmore at first remained in the vehicle as officer surrounded it with guns drawn.
He then stepped out of his vehicle with arms raised and slowly walked toward officers, who proceeded to handcuff him and take him into custody.