Deputies arrest Earlsboro woman on robbery complaint

An Earlsboro woman was arrested by sheriff’s deputies Thursday afternoon following an armed robbery at the Earlsboro Tag Agency.  Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said Bianca Gutierrez, 19, was arrested and booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on a robbery complaint.

Formal charges have not been filed, but the case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration. Palmer said deputies responded first to the Earlsboro Kwick Stop when a motorist whose car broke down there was informed by a woman that she was going to rob the convenience store. That motorist told the store clerk, who called law enforcement, he said.  As deputies were en route to that call, the alleged suspect reportedly walked to the nearby Earlsboro Tag Agency, put on a ski mask and robbed employees inside at gunpoint, Palmer said.  The woman fled on foot, Palmer said, with footprints left in ice and snow helping deputies as they set up a perimeter and tracked the alleged suspect to a house a few blocks away. From there, deputies learned a woman had been picked up from that location and further investigation led deputies to her home.

Palmer said Gutierrez allegedly confessed involvement and told deputies where to find the money. Deputies recovered about $400, Palmer said. The investigation is ongoing.

2010 crimes, tragedies at a glance

Numerous crimes and tragedies, from homicides to many lives lost in traffic and other accidents, were reported in 2010.

Some of those include:
• Jan. 2, a traffic accident killed a 17-year-old McLoud boy, resulting in charges being filed against that boy’s cousin; the case is still progressing through the court system.

• Two workers were killed in a trench collapse in February at a Kickapoo housing complex.

• In April, a 4-year-old Shawnee child was killed after being hit by a car on Dorothy Street.

• In May, a Meeker toddler accidently left in a hot van all day, died from hyperthermia; a caregiver was charged and that case is progressing through the court system.

• Also in May, Shawnee’s first homicide occurred with the killing of a 71-year-old man found stabbed in his home. A suspect has been charged, with that case continuing in the court system.

• In June, the body of a missing fisherman was found in the waters of the North Canadian River near Shawnee.

• On July 12, three people were killed in a fiery two-car collision on SH 9 near Tecumseh.

• In August, with the help of a bulletproof vest, a Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s deputy survived being shot during a traffic stop. The unknown shooting suspect remains at-large; the deputy has since resigned.

• August saw two more homicides when the decomposed bodies of two Oklahoma City residents were found in the back of a pickup in western Pottawatomie County. Two area residents were jailed in the case and have been charged with murder.

• Two Tecumseh residents vacationing in New Mexico were murdered in August, allegedly by two Arizona prison escapees and an accomplice who now face federal indictments for a crime spree while on the lam.

• In September, siblings — a brother and sister — were jailed in a murder and kidnapping case that occurred in the Pottawatomie County panhandle near Prague. A Prague man was killed and his girlfriend was held hostage over a reported land dispute. The suspects have been charged and are awaiting court action in their case.

• In September, two California men were jailed on 26 felony counts following a two-county crime spree of carjackings and robberies that began in Seminole County and ended in Tecumseh. Both are awaiting further court action in their cases.

• In October, a McLoud man was arrested in the child abuse death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy. Murder charges have been filed as that case is still in the process of being adjudicated.

• December was a deadly month as well, as three young people were killed in a crash at U.S. 177 and SH 59 near Asher.


Investigators Say Drug Addiction Fueled Tri-County Crime

By Adrianna Iwasinski, NEWS 9

The OSBI has identified the suspect in a multi-county crime spree that refused to reveal his identity. He and another suspect appeared in court Thursday where a motive for their crime spree was revealed.

Agents have identified the man as 31-year-old Jason Kenneth Dimaggio. Both he and 45-year-old Robert Del Cardenas went before a judge in the Seminole County Courthouse Thursday afternoon.

Dimaggio and Cardenas 22 felony counts each for Tuesday’s cross-county crime, where they terrorized and robbed several people from Konowa to Maud to Tecumseh, and then tried to evade capture. The men are now charged with robbery and attempted robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and eluding police in both Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.

Seminole County D.A. Chris Ross is representing the victims in both counties, including Ruben Brewer who was beaten and carjacked in Konowa and Jimmy Cunningham, who was shot trying to help Brewer.

“I believe he is recovering from his gunshot wound. Mr. Brewer is recovering from his beating, and you know we will meet with them at the appropriate time and discuss the case, and they will of course be witnesses for us in this matter,” Ross said.

The two also car jacked and robbed several more people along the way, including three ladies at a church in Maud and a father and son in Tecumseh. They also tried to steal syringes and Oxycontin from a Tecumseh pharmacy.

Investigators said it appeared the motive behind Tuesday’s crime spree was fueled by their need to feed their addiction to drugs. According to an affidavit, Cardenas told investigators that he and Dimaggio are heroin addicts, and they planned to steal a car to travel to Dallas and get more heroin.

After court, Dimaggio continued to be belligerent and deny his role in the crime, but Cardenas showed a little more remorse.

“Sorry we didn’t mean to hurt them. Should have just cooperated,” Cardenas said.

The judge denied bail for Dimaggio and Cardenas. The two could face up to life in prison.

Both men are scheduled to appear back in court on September 16.

Dimaggio and Cardenas are from California and have criminal histories for auto theft and robbery.

Two arrests related to manhunt

Sheriff’s deputies made two arrests — one late Tuesday night and another Wednesday morning —  as a result of a manhunt prompted by a high-speed pursuit through southern Pottawatomie County Tuesday afternoon. Deputy Scott Hawkins tried to initiate a traffic stop Tuesday at Rattlesnake Hill Road and SH 102, but the driver of the suspect vehicle fled the scene. The pursuit continued in areas of Tribbey, exceeding 100 miles per hour. Near Romulus Lake, the vehicle came to a stop and slid off the roadway, and two male suspects fled into the woods. A manhunt began and continued until about 5 p.m., then organized searches turned into patrols. About 8 p.m., reports of a stranger seeking help at a residence and asking to use a phone prompted another search. By late Tuesday night, Deputy Chris Ayers spotted a man, sweating profusely, walking southbound on Old Highway 18, reports show. The man, identified as Steven Walter Snodgrass, 31, Tecumseh, was arrested. Snodgrass was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on a complaint of felony eluding police, and was later was released after posting bond, rosters show. Tuesday morning, Deputy Jimmy Brewer, patrolling U.S. 177, spotted a man walking, Sheriff Mike Booth said. Over the radio, he asked for the physical description and name of the second suspect being sought, and moments later, Booth said Brewer advised he had a suspect in custody. Chad Alan Adams, 24, of Oklahoma City, was arrested and booked into the PCPSC, where he was being held without bond on a hold for another county, jail rosters show. Booth, who said deputies held a perimeter of the search area throughout the night with continued patrols, said those efforts contained the alleged suspects until they exited the wooded areas. In addition to deputies and reserves at the scene, Maud and Asher police, as well as Absentee Shawnee and Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal police, as well as the city of Shawnee warrant officer, assisted in the manhunt. Booth said the community also helped. As the searched commenced, Booth said deputies contacted residents in the area so they could secure their vehicles and homes. “Several people in the area contacted us and asked what they could do to help,” Booth said, adding some were driving roads as part of the search. “People were involved in helping protect their community.” When deputies impounded the pursuit vehicle Tuesday night, it had property inside that could be linked to a residential burglary in Saint Louis, Booth said. The investigation is continuing and then the case will be forwarded to the district attorney for review. No charges have been filed.

Deputies arrest five burglary suspects

Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies arrested five suspects Thursday shortly after a residential burglary.  Sheriff Mike Booth said Deputy Chad Pope made a traffic stop of an alleged suspect vehicle, which led to recovery of stolen property and the arrests.  Pope said a rural residential break-in had been reported and the suspect vehicle, a white Dodge pickup, left the area. As Deputy Ken VanDuser worked the initial burglary scene, Pope, also responding, noticed the possible suspect vehicle and followed it from the area of U.S. 177 and Hardesty Road into Shawnee.  With information matching the suspect vehicle, including partial tag numbers, Pope said he made a traffic stop at Kickapoo and Ridgewood streets.  The truck, which turned out to be stolen, had items in the bed of the pickup that matched those taken from the burglary, Pope said, including a computer.  Five persons in the truck — two males and three females —were arrested at the scene, Pope said.  As he continued to work the case Thursday evening, the suspects were being booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on complaints of burglary and possession of stolen property.  Watch for further updates.

Manhunt suspect charged

A Tecumseh man arrested at the end of a manhunt May 6 after allegedly surrendering to police wearing his own handcuffs now faces nine charges, seven of them felonies.
Charles Bryan Wilson, 33, is charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with burglary in the first degree, two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, kidnapping, manufacture of controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm after a former conviction.
He also faces misdemeanor charges of assault and battery and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Multiple law enforcement agencies worked the manhunt east of Tecumseh following a series of events involving Wilson and his reported ex-wife, authorities said.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said it all began with word that Wilson was en route from the Pink area to Shawnee and was allegedly making threats to kill his ex-wife. That woman left her home and went to stay with friends at a residence near SH 9 and South Rock Creek Road, Palmer said.
Palmer said Wilson showed up at that home overnight with a shotgun and allegedly kicked in the front door of that home, then dragged his ex-wife out to his truck. Before they could leave, the ex-wife was able to jump out of the pickup. As law enforcement became involved in searching that area for Wilson overnight, Palmer said authorities went to his home and also found what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab there.
As everything began to unfold by 4 a.m., deputies traced a call that Wilson allegedly made after breaking into Rath’s Auto Salvage east of Tecumseh, where a massive manhunt originated about 7 a.m. A perimeter was set up as officers and deputies from multiple agencies scoured the salvage yard and nearby woods, using several police dogs.
When deputies found Wilson just before noon that day, he apparently had his own set of handcuffs with him, Palmer said, and surrendered to his knees with his wrists cuffed in front of him.
As far as the charges, Wilson is accused of kicking in the front door of the home on May 6. He’s also accused of kidnapping his ex-wife from that same home with intent to cause her to be confined against her will. For the two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm, he is accused of pointing a shotgun at a man there and at his ex-wife.
He’s also accused of manufacturing methamphetamine at his home and for being a felon is possession of a pistol.
Wilson remained jailed on $100,000 bond Wednesday night at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. His next court date is set for June 4.
If convicted of the charges, punishment ranges vary from one to 20 years in prison for each of the nine counts filed, and up to a $50,000 fine for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Shotgun, plumbers putty mishap injures McLoud man

A McLoud man suffered an accidental gunshot wound to his abdomen Thursday night when he fired a shotgun shell filled with plumbers putty into his stomach.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said the man, age 21, told deputies he took the BB pellets out of a shotgun shell and replaced them with plumbers putty to make a different bullet. From there, Palmer said the man test fired several rounds on items outside and they did pretty good.  “He decided to see what it would do to himself if he put a pillow between him and the gun,” Palmer said. The man allegedly shot at himself without a problem, so Palmer said he tried the experiment without the pillow.

On the second try, Palmer said the projectile filled with plumbers putty went through the man’s heavy coat, his shirt and into his upper abdomen.
He was taken to Unity Health Center for injuries to his abdomen, Palmer said. It was possible he would be transferred to an Oklahoma City hospital for removal of the wad, a plastic component of a shotgun shell that encloses the pellets as they travel through the barrel.

Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Flores investigated the incident. His report includes the man’s written statement about what happened, which shows he shot himself in the stomach with “no effect” the first time when using the pillow. But the second time, his statement was that “something went wrong,” Palmer said.  The man’s injuries weren’t considered life threatening.
“Shotguns and plumbers putty don’t mix,” Palmer said.