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November 7, 2013

Shotgun threat connected to $4,000 Frisco Ave. convenience store burglary

CHICKASHA —

A series of events unfolded between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning resulting in the loss of $4,000 from the Frisco Stop in Chickasha, and arrests for assault and burglary. 

Chickasha Police Officer Chad King responded to a call involving a weapons offense at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the area of 9th Street and Vermont Avenue. Sgt. Jeremy Alexander also responded to the call. 

Alexander said Ronnie Yates, Julia Bentley, Yvonne Ferguson and Malinda McHugh claimed Allen Mandrell "pulled a shotgun on them."

"Mandrell was trying to fight with Yates because Mandrell believed Yates was a 'snitch' and had the police looking for him," King said. 

Mandrell threatened to kill Yates and started pulling a shotgun out of a duffle bag he was carrying, according to Alexander. 

"McHugh grabbed Yates because she thought Mandrell was about to shoot Yates. Yates tried to charge Mandrell before he could get the shotgun out, but Mandrell left the area when he thought the police were coming," said Alexander. 

King was told by a witness that Mandrell was seen running toward a residence at 914 W. Maryland Avenue. King made contact with the property owner, who told him "no one was allowed to be in the house and that was the reason it was boarded up." 

"It was believed that Mandrell might be in the residence because a perimeter was set up around the area quickly after the crime and no one had seen him leave the area," said King. "I went to the east side of the house and knocked announcing, 'Police open the door.' | entered the home and announced myself as the police. Mandrell said, 'I'm in here.'"

King ordered Mandrell out of the room where he placed him under arrest. 

"I went back to the residence and began searching in the room where Mandrell was found. I found a small black bag which contained several live shotgun rounds, a small black change purse containing a small bag that had a leafy green substance in it, two syringes, smoking pipe with Marihuana residue, and a set of scales. All these items were found in close proximity to where Mandrell was found. A large blue duffle bag was also found in the residence, which is consistent with what all witnesses said Mandrell was carrying," King said.

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