Two armed robbery suspects in custody after short chase; police searching for third

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Two suspects that may be connected to several armed robberies Thursday are in custody, and a third is still on the loose.

The two men were taken into custody after they bailed out of a vehicle on the campus of Integris Baptist Medical Center. A third man, seen entering the Physicians Building A, caused the 10-story building on the medical campus to be placed on lockdown as police searched the building, floor by floor.

"We started to do a floor by floor search while Baptist hospital reviewed their video," said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bill Wells. "They do see the subject exiting out of the building and walking, or going south down this street here."

Police cruisers lined Independence Ave., south of N.W. Expressway, closing the road to southbound traffic. Two men were seen in the back of the squad cars. Wells said the men are cooperating with investigators after leading officers on a short pursuit, at one point the suspect vehicle going the wrong way on Lake Hefner Parkway.

"What happened during the course of the day we had three armed robberies, individuals, and a possible business," Wells said. "What we did was descriptions went out and our officers located the car down around 39th and Portland. When (the officer) turned around and tried to get the vehicle to stop, the car accelerated away from him. He started a pursuit, but when the car went the wrong direction against the traffic he terminated (the chase). But we had enough units up in this area that was able to spot the car and chase it to this area, bring it to this location."

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Trixie Davis, an Integris nurse, said she was leaving work with a co-worker when she heard the helicopter overhead.

"We were sitting there talking and I was bringing her to her car and all of a sudden I see these — we thought they were security — cordon off the road," said Davis. "Looked out and then all of a sudden, ‘That’s Oklahoma City PD!’”

As officers searched the Physicians building, others fanned out on the city's northwest side, locating two other victim's vehicles.

Police have not named the men arrested, or the man they are still looking for. Investigators are also looking into whether the men are connected to other armed robberies in the metro.


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