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April 3, 2014

Robbery suspects arrested outside McAlester apartment

McALESTER — A couple arrested in connection with the robbery and beating of a McAlester man last week remained in the Pittsburg County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bond each.

Richard “Rocky” Blackman, 30, and Toni Fourkiller, 31, both of McAlester, were arrested Tuesday night at Park Place Apartments in McAlester.

They were arrested on felony warrants accusing them of first-degree robbery by force and fear in connection with the robbery and beating of Phillip Ira Stephens, 69, of McAlester.

Police received information that the couple might be found at the Park Place Apartments, according to McAlester Police Det. Sgt. Chris Morris. McAlester police, assisted by Krebs police, converged on the site.

Krebs police officer Eli Hass spotted the couple outside an apartment knocking on a door, Morris said.

“He drew down on them and told them to get down, and they did,” Morris said. “He held them at gunpoint until the other officers got there.”

Morris said there was no resistance from Blackman and Fourkiller when they were arrested.

Stephens had been attacked, robbed and beaten when he returned home early on the morning of March 23 after winning $10,000 at the Choctaw Casino in McAlester, police said.

Asked Wednesday if police had recovered any of the $10,000 following the arrest, Morris said “They didn’t have no money on them.”

Following the March 23 robbery, police later tracked the couple to a motel in Eufaula. McAlester and Eufaula police converged on the site, but Blackman and Fourkiller had already left their room by the time police arrived, Morris said.

Police learned that the couple went to a casino while on the lam, according to Morris.

“We have video of them at a casino in Muskogee,” Morris said.

On Sunday, a vehicle the two were believed to have been driving was located in Latimer County, in a mud hole near Pine Creek Road, said Morris.

“They got stuck,” he said, and apparently abandoned the vehicle.

Reports of additional sightings at Eufaula, at Hartshorne and even at Mike Deak Field in McAlester didn’t pan out, Morris said.

Blackman and Fourkiller were expected to make an initial court appearance on the robbery by force and fear charge, when further court action will be scheduled.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

 

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