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Multiple suspects arrested after nightlong search at Tulsa apartments

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-14 15:59:43-04

TULSA - Three suspects were apprehended by Tulsa Police officers Friday evening after a rigorous search involving a K9 officer at the Sugar Plum Apartments in east Tulsa.

At about 5:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to 11322 E. 23rd St. for an armed robbery, according to a police report.  Police say the alleged victim told officers he was robbed by three males who were in a white Honda Ridgeline.  Officers say they recognized the Honda as one that was stolen earlier this month.  They began a search for the vehicle and located it at the apartment complex. 

Officers kept the Honda under surveillance and when they saw someone trying to drive away in it, the attempted to stop it at 8:45 p.m. As they tried to prevent suspects from driving away, two of them jumped out of the car and fled on foot.

K9 Officer Riggs was sent out to pursue the suspects and Pedro Yanez Jr. was taken into custody, officers say. Yanez Jr. pulled a pistol from his pocket and was arrested, according to the police report.

The second suspect escaped at that time.

Adrian Ortiz,  Manuel Freyta, and a  17-year-old suspect were apprehended after they attempted to run from the officers.  The victim of the robbery identified Adrian Ortiz and the 17-year-old as two of the three persons who robbed him.  

A search warrant was served at one of the apartments in the complex and found during the search were drugs, ammunition, another firearm, keys to a stolen Toyota, and cash that may have come from east Tulsa burglaries, officers say.

Adrian Ortiz-Zepeda and the 17 year old were arrested for armed robbery, gang crime, and possession of stolen vehicle. Pedro Yanez Jr. was arrested for possession of stolen vehicle, possession of firearms in commission of a felony, possession of firearm after felony conviction, and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Officers say the 17-year-old is the son of Yanez Jr.

Holden Turcois was in the apartment where the search warrant was served, police say, and was arrested on warrants for drug and weapon charges from Florida.  Manuel Freytas was arrested for resisting officers.  

The investigation is ongoing and police say it is likely the suspects will be linked to other crimes.

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