Police: Armed robbery investigation leads to several arrests in east Tulsa

Pedro Yanez Jr. was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and drug and firearms complaints. (Tulsa County Jail)

Police say several people are in custody after an armed robbery in east Tulsa.

Officers responded to the robbery call around 5:20 p.m. Friday near 21st and Garnett. Police say a man told them he was robbed by three male suspects in a white Honda Ridgeline. Officers later found the vehicle, which was reported stolen earlier this month, at the Sugar Plum Apartments near 31st and Highway 169 and set up surveillance.

Police say the vehicle started moving around 8:45 p.m., so they tried to stop it. Two suspects bailed from the vehicle, and a K9 officer chased them. One of the suspects, identified as Pedro Yanez Jr., tried to pull a gun but was apprehended by the K9 officer before he could, according to police. The second suspect got away.

Officers continued searching the complex and an apartment near where the stolen Honda was found. Police say they located three suspects, identified as Adrian Ortiz, Manuel Freyta and the 17-year-old son of Yanez Jr., who tried to run from officers, but they were all apprehended. The victim of the original robbery told police that Ortiz and the 17-year-old were involved in the robbery.

Investigators later got a search warrant for the apartment and found drugs, ammunition, a firearm, keys to a stolen vehicle and what they believe were items stolen during east Tulsa burglaries. Police say a man who was in the apartment during the search, 21-year-old Holden Torcios, was arrested for drug and weapon warrants out of Florida.

Ortiz and the 17-year-old were arrested armed robbery, gang crime and possession of a stolen vehicle complaints, according to police. Yanez Jr. was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and drug and firearms complaints. Freyta was arrested for obstruction and interfering with an officer.

Police say the suspects will likely be connected to other crimes.

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