The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

May 20, 2014

Quick thinking helps nab suspect

PRYOR, OK — A quick-thinking driver helped police nab a robber Monday morning.

Around 4:30 a.m., Richard Metcalf entered the Kum & Go convenience store at the Highway 69 and Ninth Street intersection in Pryor. At the same time, an unsuspecting shopper was exiting the store. Thinking Metcalf was behaving suspiciously, the witness went to the vehicle and waited.

Inside the store, Metcalf approached the store clerks and demanded they give him all the store's money, saying he had a gun.

The Kum & Go employees complied, and Metcalf left the store.

The witness called the authorities and followed the vehicle at a safe distance, keeping an eye on Metcalf until police could arrive, according to the Pryor Police Department.

Metcalf, 50, Pryor, drove south on Highway 69, and was stopped in Chouteau due to the combined efforts of Chouteau and Pryor Police Departments and Mayes County Sheriff's Office.

The money was still in the vehicle when Metcalf was apprehended, according to arresting officers who added that Metcalf later confessed to the crime during questioning.

Officers say if not for the observant shopper seeing something suspicious and acting on it, the arrest may not have been so quick.

Metcalf was transfered from Pryor City Jail to Mayes County Jail. He is charged with robbery by force or fear, which can carry up to 20 years in prison.

He appeared in Mayes County District Court at which time his bond was set at $250,000.


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