Bixby police capture bank robbery suspect


By John Dobberstein, Editor

With the help of a quick-thinking eye witness, the Bixby Police Department arrested a man accused of robbing a bank early Friday.

Police were called to the Tulsa Teachers Credit Union at 9:35 a.m. in response to reports of an armed robbery in progress at the Tulsa Teachers Credit Union near W. 131st Street S. and Memorial Drive.

An eyewitness inside the bank at the time of the robbery called Bixby police and gave the department a description of the suspect and the direction the suspect had fled.

Within moments multiple Bixby police officers responded to the scene and set up a perimeter in a nearby neighborhood, where the suspect was captured attempting to escape with a weapon and a large amount of cash.

There were no physical injuries to bank employees or witnesses. The Bixby Police Department will be coordinating its investigative efforts with the FBI.

"The quick and decisive action of the witness permitted Bixby police officers to respond in less than two minutes and have the suspect in custody within six minutes,” said Bixby Police Chief Todd Blish.

“We are so very appreciative of the witness, the bank employees and the officers that responded to capture this person. I am especially proud of our officers who were able to respond quickly and set up a perimeter and make the arrest".

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