Driver Accused Of Forcing Bicyclists Off OKC Road, Stealing Bike

Thursday, June 28th 2012, 3:07 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma City police say a woman used her car to block a couple of bicyclists in a parking lot before stealing one of the rider's bikes.

The victims told police they were riding their bikes on June 26 near Interstate 40 and S. Meridian Avenue when a woman in a gray Chevy Impala, later identified as 33-year-old Elizabeth Ann Stowe, began honking at them. The two bicyclists said they tried to ignore her, but she continued to honk at them and make hand motions to get them to stop on the side of the road.

The victims pedaled into a bank parking lot to get away from the woman, but they said Stowe then drove in front of them and blocked them in. The suspect asked them if they needed a ride. When the victims said no, Stowe got out of the car and approached them

The victims said Stowe was holding her waist as if she had a gun in her pants. They told police Stowe said, "Give me your bike. I have something in my waist; do you want to find out what it is? How bad do you want the bike? Is the bike worth your life?"

The victim got off his bike and the woman took it, put it in her trunk and drove off. Two other people in the parking lot witnessed the altercation. They told police before the suspect drove off, she told them she'd just purchased the bike for $20.

The victim wrote down the suspect's license plate number and called police. Officers tracked the tag to the 2900 block of S.W. 13th Street. When the officer arrived at the address, he saw the Chevy Impala in the driveway, and Stowe across the street. She matched the description the victims and witnesses had given.

Stowe told police she lived at the house with her mother, and the car belonged to her father. The stolen bike was across the street. Another witness told the officer Stowe claimed she'd just bought it for $20.

Police arrested Stowe. She was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on one count of robbery by force or fear.