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Tulsa Police arrested two men in connection to an armed robbery in east Tulsa

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 13:17:14-04

Tulsa Police have arrested two men in connection to an armed robbery in east Tulsa that occurred on July 7th.

"Getting these individuals off the street is paramount to the safety of the citizens of Tulsa," said Sergeant Shane Tuell from the police department.

22-year-old Daniel Santa Cruz and 20-year-old Donnie Connor are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and booked at the Tulsa County Jail, pending their court arraignment.

Detectives say a Chevy Cobalt led them to the suspects.

"[They] did a car stop and were very, very aware of what was taken in some of these robberies and noticed an item of evidence from one of the robberies in the vehicle, which instantly tied these guys to it," said Sgt. Tuell.

The car was parked outside of the Motel 6 on 129th East Avenue and the Broken Arrow Expressway. While serving the search warrant, detectives found several weapons and other evidence linking the men to the July 7th robbery.

In that incident, police say Santa Cruz and Connor were armed when they approached a man in his front yard and demanded money. 

Detectives are now looking for a link between these men and four other armed robberies that happened last week throughout Tulsa. Their main priority is the safety of the citizens.

"Usually violence tends to escalate if it's not curbed quickly. It goes from getting people in their front yards and taking what they have on them to tying them up to who knows what's next?" said Sgt. Tuell.

All robberies were committed in the middle of the night or early morning when it was still dark outside, and all suspects were armed and not afraid to intimidate the victims.

One of the robberies was committed on June 9th around 11:30 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Apartments. When officers responded to the call, they found a victim in the parking lot who said the robbers pistol-whipped him before taking his money and his phone. The man was taking to the hospital to be checked out for the injury.

Less than an hour later on June 10th, police were dispatched to the a home invasion at the Lakeside Apartments. Police say two men with a gun followed two roommates to their apartment. They allegedly forced their way in, stealing cash and kicking one of the male roommates before taking off.

A few miles away at the Silver Creek Apartments, investigators say two armed suspects tied a man up and assaulted him before taking off with electronics.

The last incident happened at an apartment complex near 61st and Riverside. Several victims reported two suspects made them take off their clothes and get inside a closet before running away with cash.

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