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June 5, 2013

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CHICKASHA — Two arrests were made for a robbery with a dangerous weapon incident that occurred at Murphy USA Convenient store in Chickasha on June 3.

A clerk told Officer Jeremy Alexander she was emptying the trash in an attempt to begin closing the store when a male wearing dark clothing and a bandana over his face threatened her with a handgun, demanding money from the cash register.

Once the money was retrieved, the man took the clerk’s cell phone and fled the scene.

According to a Chickasha Police Department report, Alexander spotted Justin Sherman, a recently released detainee of Grady County Jail, walking alongside his girlfriend Carla Speaks near the Murphy USA Convenient store earlier that day.

Upon watching surveillance video footage, Alexander found that Sherman not only matched the robber’s description but that Sherman stole several energy drinks and hid them in the purse of Speaks.

Sherman and Sparks were located on the grounds of the Best Western hotel where they were questioned by police and denied involvement in the robbery.

Officers located a handgun, later determined to be a BB gun, in a field south of the Best Western hotel. Speak’s purse was located in a trashcan behind the hotel, still containing the stolen energy drinks. Officers determined that $185 - $200 was stolen from Murphy USA, and located $307 being carried between Sherman and Speaks.

Sherman and Speaks were arrested for first degree robbery, possession of stolen property and larceny of merchandise from a retailer but have been released on bail.

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