February 4, 2014

Two charged with robbery

February 4, 2014 Staff Writer Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — A pair of alleged Mayes County car thieves were caught by Catoosa Police Jan. 26.

Stacie Sloan and Efrain Yanez appeared in Mayes County District Court for initial appearance Monday.

Sloan received charges of first-degree robbery, which Judge Rebecca Gore informed her can carry up to a life sentence in the department of corrections. Yanez is charged with robbery by force or fear after former felony conviction and could face up to a life sentence.

Yanez was asked to provide his date of birth and after several attempts Gore said, “I have three on file for you and that's not one of them.”

Yanez then said he did not know his Social Security number.

Both cases were continued to March 3 and bond was set at $250,000 each.

Five individuals were in a vehicle traveling toward Cherokee Heights housing addition Jan. 16. Kurtis Sloan and his girlfriend Megan Tracewell, owners of the black Ford SUV, were giving a ride to Sloan's ex-wife, Stacie Sloan, her boyfriend Efrain Yanez and friend Amanda McClure.

According to Kurtis Sloan’s statement, provided in the probable cause affidavit, Efrain, also known as “Boro,” ordered him to stop the vehicle, brandishing a “small silver semi-automatic handgun with black grips placing the barrel toward his head.”

Sloan reported that Yanez pointed the gun at his leg then raised the gun and struck him in the face with the grip.

The affidavit alleges the gun discharged, shooting Tracewell in the hand. The owners abandoned the vehicle and ran to get help. An alert was issued to surrounding law enforcement warning officers to be on the lookout for Stacie Sloan and Yanez. The vehicle was stolen only to be abandoned in another town.

On Jan. 26, Catoosa Police Department stopped a Ford Taurus that had been reported stolen, driven by Stacie Sloan. Yanez was also in the car. Upon being taken to the Rogers County Jail, several .25 caliber bullets were seized from Yanez, the same caliber believed to have shot Tracewell's hand.

Upon her arrest, Stacie Sloan provided a differing testimony.

According to the affidavit, Sloan “advised that Megan had her hand on the driver's side door and she asked Megan politely to get out of the car.”

She allegedly stated that Yanez fired the gun to scare Kurtis Sloan.

“Stacie advised she did not know anyone got shot, but later found out and thought it had to have ricocheted,” the affidavit alleges. “Stacie stated she was very sorry for Megan getting shot.”

The affidavit reportedly describes McClure as an “unwilling participant” who was “frantic” and “wanting to get out.”

Yanez has a prior criminal record that includes felony counts of  possession of a controlled substance, bringing contraband into jail and displaying false identification to mislead officers.

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