OKC Family Relieved After Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

Tuesday, December 10th 2013, 6:35 pm
By: News 9

Robbed at gunpoint while shopping on Black Friday, one metro family is relieved police have finally made an arrest.

Investigators say it's all because someone recognized the man seen walking in a surveillance video they released to various news outlets.

12/9/2013 Related Story: Suspect Arrested In Armed 'Black Friday' Carjacking At Penn Square Mall

Police tell News 9 that tipster was actually watching News 9 when they saw that surveillance video, and called police with the name of the young man, as well as where police could find him.

That tip led police to 18-year-old Ryan Justin Alexander, who they found in an apartment in northwest Oklahoma City. He was arrested last Thursday, but is currently out on a $20,000 bond.

We caught up with the family who was carjacked about the arrest.

"I am kind of relieved," said Brandy Clark. "But still scared. I was really emotional yesterday when I found out."

Clark says the man seen in the surveillance video is indeed the person who robbed her, her husband and their 3-year-old son Logan at gun point on Black Friday at Penn Square Mall. She says he and a friend took their car and everything in it, including a special present they had just made for Logan at Build A Bear.

12/2/2013 Related Story: Family Carjacked At Gunpoint Outside OKC Mall On Black Friday

"All he knows is the bad guys took the car, and his reindeer," Clark said.

Build A Bear found out about the carjacking, and wanted to make things right. So they invited the Clark family back to make Logan's Christmas wish come true.

"I was overjoyed that Build A Bear wanted to do something for my son," said Brett Clark, Logan's dad. "It is all about the kids at Christmas time, and he deserves to get his reindeer."

Build A Bear made sure Logan got the full experience.

"I think that's wonderful," said Brandy Clark. "I like to see him having fun."

So did everyone else at Build A Bear.

The Clarks tell News 9 a friend is lending them a car to use, and that Helzberg Diamonds replaced a pair of diamond earrings that they had just bought, and were in the car that was taken.

Penn Square Mall also gave the family a $500 gift certificate. They are still hoping police find the second suspect, and their car.