4 Arrests Made in Connection to String of OKC Robberies
By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police have arrested three men and one woman in connection to a chain of robberies that have taken place in the last three months.
According to police, 28-year-old Christopher Hendrix, 31-year-old Edwin Johnson and 24-year-old William Frazier, were arrested on three counts of robbery with a firearm. Monica Zeleya is facing a charge of possessing and concealing stolen property.
After interviewing the suspects, investigators obtained enough probable cause to arrest all four in connection to three recent robberies.
One of the robbers' victims was a 9-year-old girl. During the incident, one of the men is shown in surveillance video dragging the young girl by her hair while holding a gun to her head.
The family said this robbery ruined their lives. The family is still scared and they've even considered moving out of the country although police say they have the terrorizing trio behind bars.
Oklahoma City police say what happened inside this cell phone store last month is nothing new. Just days earlier, police say the same men targeted a T-Mobile store on S. Western Avenue. Inside they pistol-whipped employees, forcing them to take money out of the safe.
"The most troubling part of this is these are the same individuals we believe that have been involved in several other robberies in the metro area," Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight said.
That includes a hold-up at a Dollar General store.
Police say they finally got a break after connecting the crimes to several people coming and going from a home on SW 64th Terrace.
"A vehicle was seen leaving this residence and our officers did make a stop on the vehicle," said Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow.
Inside they found William Frazier and Monica Zeleya with several of the stolen cell phones. It wasn't long before police also arrested Christopher Hendrix and Edwin Johnson.
Police say they're all connected to the crimes and they're all facing time behind bars, but that's little comfort for their victims. They say these robbers also stole their sense of security.
Police say this is still an on-going investigation and they're hoping more people will call with tips to crime Stoppers at 235-7300.
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