Man arrested after allegedly robbing lawn care worker at gunpoint

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A man has been booked into jail after allegedly robbing a lawn care working at gun point, stealing his work truck and trailer. It happened Friday evening at a home near NW 63rd and Villa.

“The victim was not injured thankfully, although there was a gun involved,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

It started out as a normal day mowing lawns for the victim in this case in a normally peaceful northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood.

“Two people approached him, one of them armed with a gun, and began demanding his vehicle,” Knight said.

According to a police report, the suspects demanded the keys to his work truck. The victim told police that one of the suspects made it known he had a gun.

That’s when the victim handed over the keys, fearing for his life.

The suspects drove away in the truck and got away with the attached trailer, as well.

“The victim in this case did not speak English. He spoke only Spanish. So, he called a friend of his, which delayed getting us involved in this,” Knight said.

The owner of the lawn care service was able to track the truck to the area of SW 45th and Olie using GPS, which is where they located one of the suspects, 36-year-old John Laney. He was arrested on robbery charges after a short foot pursuit, and the truck was returned to the owner.

“It’s important to note that, if somebody does not speak English, 911 is still the number to call. We have a language line that we can communicate with you, whether it’s Spanish or any other language you may speak,” Knight said.

The other suspect has not been arrested.

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