BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - The man suspected of robbing an elderly couple at knifepoint and assaulting them both was arrested Wednesday on unrelated charges.
Michael Lank, originally a person of interest in the burglary, was taken into Tulsa police custody and found to be withholding items taken from the couple's home.
Officers were called to a home in the 800 block of Lynnwood Lane around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when an 84-year-old Broken Arrow homeowner reported being attacked and robbed by a man in a ski mask.
According to the man, the 30-year-old Tulsa man entered his home without permission and threatened him with a large knife while stealing cash, credit cards, a gun, a wedding ring and prescription drugs.
Adam Akins, the couple's grandson, said both his grandfather and grandmother were hurt during the burglary.
"To see my grandfather, he's 6 feet 3 inches, I mean he's a stocky man and to see him bruised and battered and my grandmother pushed down and bruised and her face cut, it's hard," he said.
Investigators credit a Facebook post by Akins' sister for helping them track down Lank. Beki Akins posted about the attack and it was shared by nearly 9,000 people. Eventually, Beki received two messages from people who suspected Lank was the attacker.
"If it weren't for Facebook, he'd still be on this loose," she said.
Lank is being held on $2,500 bond.