By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
A Midwest City man has been charged in connection to an armed robbery and kidnapping that happened in April.
Latrell Mensah, 21, was arrested May 16 on felony charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and possession of a firearm while on probation, along with other outstanding warrants.
According to an arrest affidavit, on April 1, Midwest City police responded to an armed robbery in the 1100 block of Hawthorne Dr.
The victims told police that they were meeting with a man they had been talking to on social media to sell him some shoes. They said that when they arrived, the suspect walked up to their vehicle and hit one of the victims on the head with a gun barrel and pushed him into the vehicle.
The suspect then got into the driver’s seat and started driving, pointing a gun at both victims and demanding money. The suspect made them empty their pockets and patted them down, according to court records.
Then, the suspect told the victims to leave the vehicle before he counted down from five, telling them he would shoot them.
Both victims exited the car and ran to a house to call 911, and the suspect drove away.
One of the victims’ phones was still inside the vehicle and police were able to track it.
Oklahoma City and Midwest City police pursued the vehicle before calling it off due to the driver traveling at high speed and cutting in and out of traffic and endangering others, according to the report.
The suspect drove back into the same neighborhood where the robbery occurred and abandoned the vehicle in the 3100 block of Big Oak Dr. Police chased him on foot at a nearby park but lost him.
Police later looked inside the abandoned vehicle and found the victim’s phone and a stolen Glock 43 with a drum magazine.
Officers were able to use the victim’s phone to track down the suspects’ name through different social media accounts and the Jail Tracker.
The victims identified Mensah as the suspect after police showed them a series of photos, the affidavit says.
Mensah was arrested and formally arraigned in Oklahoma County District Court on May 26. A preliminary hearing is set for June 15.