3 charged in armed robberies
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 12:00 AM
Three men have been charged with multiple counts of armed robbery after a series of incidents last Thursday night.
Michael Lee Barrett, 22, of 522 Dorothy St.; Thomas Quintana, 28, of 11601 Road 361; and Thomas Staats, 25, of 14430 Mississippi 15 north, were each charged with three counts of armed robbery, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.
Barrett was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm.
The three are accused of a series of armed robberies Thursday night.
The first was at 6:40 p.m. at the Colonial Motel.
One person entered the motel office with a handgun demanding money from the attendant, Waddell said. But the attendant broke and ran into an adjoining room and locked the door.
"The suspect tried to enter by force," the sheriff said.
After failing, the suspect then fled on foot to a car waiting nearby. Nothing was taken from the motel.
Waddell noted that along with a statement from the witness, surveillance video of the crime was also taken from the scene.
The second call came at 10:15 p.m. from the Silver Star Hotel and Casino.
Two females were approached by three individuals in the parking lot, the sheriff said. A handgun was pulled and one of the victims ran off and called out for the police.
"The suspects then ran to a nearby vehicle and didn't get anything," Waddell said, noting the incident was also caught on video. "The suspects were wearing ski masks."
After the second incident, a BOLO (be on the lookout) was put out on their vehicle, he said.
It was spotted a short time later parked at Wal-Mart by city police officers.
Deputies were called in and the suspects were taken into custody. Recovered were the ski masks and a .22-caliber handgun used in the robbery attempts.
Sheriff Waddell thanked the Philadelphia Police Department for their help along with the Choctaw Police Department.
Despite the crime occurring on Tribal land, the sheriff said the case falls under the county's jurisdiction because the suspects were non-Tribal members against non-Tribal members.