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Robbery, hate crime suspect found hiding behind dumpster

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Posted at 1:48 PM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 17:45:38-04

Tulsa Police have arrested a man for robbery and hate crime complaints after he reportedly walked into a cell phone store and asked an employee about his sexuality, attempted to punch him and stole two phones.

An arrest report says Robert Norton, 22, was at a north Tulsa business on Tuesday when he questioned an employee if he was gay. 

According to the alleged victim, Norton indicated he had a weapon in his waist band and grabbed two phones from a table before running out of the store.

The employee followed Norton about three blocks to Tulsa Tech, where Norton tried to board a bus. When he noticed deputies nearby, he instead ran to the Comanche Apartments, the report says. 

Officers found Norton hiding behind a dumpster and the employee was able to identify him, according to police. The report says when officers placed Norton under arrest, he also had stolen cigarettes in his possession. 

He was booked into the Tulsa County jail on complaints of felony robbery by force or fear, and eluding an officer and hate crime, both misdemeanors. 

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