The Edmond Sun

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July 23, 2012

Suspect brandishes gun during cell phone quest

EDMOND — A man who found and kept a cell phone at an Edmond apartment swimming pool complex was greeted the next morning by an armed man at his front door, police said.

At 10:50 a.m. Thursday Edmond Police Officer Jeff Meadows responded to a call about a man with a gun by a swimming pool at 200 W. 15th St., according to a report filed by Meadows. Officers checked the area thoroughly and were unable to locate the suspect, police said.

Edmond Police Officer Jimmy Gwartney went to the victim’s residence and told Meadows the suspect was seen leaving the area in a black Ford Expedition a few minutes before officers arrived, police said.

Under questioning the victim said he found an iPhone the previous night while working at an undisclosed location in Edmond, police said. Instead of turning it in he decided to take it home, police said.

At about 10:10 a.m. Thursday the victim heard a knock on the front door, police said. When he opened the door he saw a black male wearing a black and white striped shirt and a red ball cap holding a silver gun, police said.

When the suspect asked if the resident had his phone the resident said he did, police said. While holding the gun on the victim, the suspect told him to “go get the phone,” police said. After the victim gave him the phone the suspect left the area, police said.

The suspect did not take anything else or demand anything other than what he claimed was his phone, police said.

Meadows met with a witness who said he was out by the pool when he was approached by the same suspect, police said. The suspect asked him if he had his phone and the witness said he did not, police said. After looking him over the suspect told the witness “OK, I believe you.”

Police said at that point the suspect pulled a large semi-automatic handgun from his waistband, racked the slide back chambering a live round and said, “When I find the guy who has my iPhone I’m gonna bust a cap in his a--!”

The witness said the suspect walked toward the apartments east of the pool and started randomly knocking on doors until he found the victim’s apartment, police said.

The suspect told the victim and witness he had “pinged” his iPhone and knew it was near the pool, police said. The witness immediately called for Edmond Police Officer Tim Harwell, who called for more police to respond.

Police said a female was sitting in the suspect’s vehicle, either a Ford Expedition or a Ford Explorer. The gun was described as a large, silver semi-automatic handgun, possibly a .45-caliber, police said. Neither the victim nor the witness had seen the suspect before or had any more information. | 341-2121, ext. 108

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