Suspected serial burglar dubbed 'Barefoot Bandit' caught hiding in hole under I-44 bridge in Tulsa

TULSA - A suspected serial burglar was caught Thursday after trying to hide in a void under the I-44 bridge near Garnett.

Police say they've been searching for the suspect, dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit," for some time.  He's believed to have robbed a Subway in the area eight times as well as other nearby businesses.

Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May says police always lost the suspect as he crossed the highway.

Tulsa Police Sgt. Robert Rohloff says the suspect, identified as James Michael Alexander, was caught on surveillance equipment robbing a business overnight.  When Alexander fled, Rohloff says Alexander cut his foot, leaving a blood trail.

May says officers called the TFD's rescue task force after police determined Alexander was likely hiding somewhere underneath the bridge.

After the task force located the suspect with their cameras, May says a police officer, Officer Robin Mendenhall, then entered the hole with a flashlight and a stun gun and took Alexander into custody.

Under the bridge, police say they found feces, urine and food that was stolen during Alexander's burglaries.

Alexander was booked into the Tulsa County Jail for second-degree burglary and malicious injury to property.  He's being held on $7,000 bond.

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