, Muskogee, OK

Local News

January 17, 2008

Wagoner man arrested after bank robbery, police chase

WAGONER — A man police believed to have robbed Arvest Bank on Wednesday afternoon was apprehended approximately two hours later.

Manuelito Ramon Osborne, 35, of Wagoner was arrested about 5:30 p.m., approximately two miles south of the U.S. 69/Oklahoma 51 intersection following a pursuit of several miles.

The robbery occured at approximately 3:35 p.m. According to an FBI press release, a lone male entered the bank and demanded money.

The man gestured to a pistol in his waistband, said FBI Special Agent Mike Beaver.

The man gathered the money and fled the bank on foot, the FBI reported.

The pursuit ended when Wagoner County Sheriff’s Deputy James Carver hit Osborne’s vehicle from behind, causing it to run off the road.

“He (Osborne) is at the hospital,” said Terry Hornbuckle, Wagoner chief of police. “He jumped out and fell on the ground.”

Osborne was not injured, but was taken to Wagoner Community Hospital to be checked out. Osborne had defecated on himself as a result of the pursuit and crash, Hornbuckle said.

At the crash scene, dozens of flashing red and blue lights from Wagoner police, county deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol cars slowed motorists in both directions on U.S. 69 Wednesday evening as officers searched the white four-door Lincoln that Osborne had been driving.

A second man, whose name was not released, jumped out of the car Osborne was driving on West Cherokee Street during the pursuit, which continued in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

“He was going in and out of cars,” Hornbuckle said. “He hit one of my cars with a police officer and an FBI agent in it.”

Osborne hit a second car and left the parking lot heading south on U.S. 69. Capt. Tony Ponds of the Wagoner Police Department shot out the rear tires on the car.

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