A suspect is in jail after robbing a man in a wheelchair, but it took the help of a bystander to track the suspect down.
Tulsa police said it happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday near 1st and Elgin just outside Ripley’s Bar and Grill downtown.
TPD said that Juan Medrano ran through a parking lot after robbing a man in a wheelchair, but was tackled quickly to the ground by a man who saw it all happen.
Police said that Medrano started talking to the robbery victim, who was seated in his wheelchair in front of the bar.
Investigators said that Medrano identified himself as a law enforcement officer and during the conversation, the suspect grabbed a large gold chain that was around the victim’s neck.
Police said that Medrano pulled the victim so violently, that it pulled him completely out of his wheelchair and face first on the pavement.
After Medrano was tackled to the ground, police intervened and said that Medrano turned over and grabbed an officers leg in an attempt to take him to the ground, too.
When police arrested Medrano, they found a loaded .38 revolver inside his waistband.
TPD said that Medrano has a lengthy criminal history including robbery, assault, and drugs.
Officers were able to obtain video surveillance of the entire incident.
The victim sustained minor injury to his face and leg.
Medrano was booked into Tulsa County Jail on complaints of possession of a firearm, larceny, robbery, obstruction and false impersonation of a peace officer.
Medrano has a lengthy criminal history including robbery, assault and drugs, according to police.