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Tulsa police make arrest in 2011 murder of Peggy Gaytan

Posted at 1:04 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 23:59:31-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police say they've made an arrest in connection to the 2011 murder of Peggy Gaytan.

TPD Chief Franklin say they relentlessly investigated as the years passed, and continued to look for leads, even with the case taking TPD investigators to other states.

Chief Franklin says that today they arrested Patrick Hamstard in connection to Gaytan's murder, Chief Franklin said investigators believe Hamstard was involved in this homicide.

Detective Jason White from Tulsa's Homicide Unit says Hamstard was named as a possible suspect early on, but they needed more evidence before arresting him.

Hamstard had outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was arrested at his place of employment without incident.

The other person involved, police believe, is now deceased.

Chief Franklin says this closes the book on this case for TPD, and closes a chapter for the Gaytan family.

Chief Franklin says, "If you commit a crime in the city limits of Tulsa, you stand a 90% chance of getting arrested."

The murder occurred nine years ago, at a midtown Tulsa convenience store located at 36th and Harvard.

Detectives believed a man walked right into the Shell Station, went straight to the counter, and shot and killed the clerk.

Another man was with him, but that person never actually entered the store, police say.

Police identified the clerk as 55-year-old Peggy Lee Gaytan.

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One man was armed with a semi automatic handgun, wearing a royal blue hooded sweatshirt, a black ski mask, black gloves, black jeans, and white tennis shoes, police say.

The other man was wearing a royal blue hoodie, and he had on a white mask, white gloves, black jeans and white tennis shoes.

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Investigators say Gaytan was described as a friendly woman, who liked working there and she didn't have any enemies.

Every year, friends of Peggy Gaytan remember her right before Christmas time.

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They want everyone to know what an impact she had when people walked into the Shell Station.

Peggy's case had remained unsolved since her murder, in 2011.

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