Carjacking arrests comfort victim's family

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 3/12/2012 9:21 am Published: 3/11/2012 7:32 pm

A second suspect in a deadly carjacking is now behind bars.

Tulsa Police and members of the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Brandon Maxwell for the death of Avonna Olson.

Olson was killed when she tried to stop thieves from stealing her minivan on Friday morning near 36th West Avenue and West 3rd street. Olson's daugher, Vickie Barnett and husband Steve, say they are relieved the second suspect is now in jail.

Cindy Pebworth is a neighbor who lives down the street from Olson.  She is still shaken up after her death and like Olson; she works very early and has the same morning routine.

“It very well could have been me getting in my car at 5:00. There's been many times I go back in the house and leave my car running so it kind of crept me out because I wondered if they were waiting for her,” says Pebworth.

Officers arrested 19-year old Destin Rodriguez Friday and 18-year old Brandon Maxwell early Sunday. Police received a tip that Maxwell was staying at the Gateway Inn in west Tulsa. He surrendered and was arrested peacefully.

Police believe Rodriguez dropped Maxwell off to steal Olson’s van. According to reports, Olson had gone outside to start her van to warm it up. When she heard someone inside her vehicle, she ran back out.

Officers believe she may have jumped on or in front of the van to try and stop it. She was dragged underneath as they tried to get away and was killed.

“That’s the same thing I would do. I just wouldn't let someone take my vehicle,” says Pebworth.

“It’s terrible what some people would do to get a car. It's not like some Mercedes she was driving, it's a van,” she says.

Olson was a long time employee of Tulsa Public Schools who worked in the Plant Operations area for the last 15 years. She leaves behind a husband, three daughters and eight grandchildren. As her family makes funeral arrangements, her neighbors are left to try and make sense of what happened.

"I think they were maybe waiting for her or maybe waiting for me, because there's not a lot of people that would be leaving their house at that time,” says Pebworth.

Olson’s death is the 5th homicide of 2012.

Brandon Maxwell is being held on complaints of 2nd degree murder and larceny of an automobile.  Destin Rodriguez is being held for larceny of an automobile and felony murder.

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watchdog11 - 3/12/2012 2:21 PM
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I can't believe people still start their cars and leave the keys inside, I would rather sit in my car and shiver than take a chance of having some punk kill me for my crappy car like that piece of crap did to that poor woman, folks, STOP DOING STUPID THINGS,Tulsa is full of opportunistic criminals waiting for you to mess up just once!

watchdog11 - 3/12/2012 2:13 PM
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I think she was saying the CAR was not worth much, because it wasn't an expensive car....LIKE A MERCEDES FOR INSTANCE...... you people are so dense sometimes, I swear, sometimes I can't believe the interpretation some of you take from these stories.

SpeakTruth - 3/12/2012 8:24 AM
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If you read it clearly says that she wouldve done the same thing. They way that she was stating about the car being a minivan and not a mercedes was directed to the car theifs. steling is stealing but come on they tried to still a minivan? sstealing is stealing wether it was a minivan or mercedes.

Tazzer - 3/11/2012 9:20 PM
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Ms. Pebworth says in the interview: "It's not like some Mercedes she was driving, it's a van."........... WOW! She places a value on life based on the vehicle worth saving. Nice going lady. Try showing some class next time. Sheesh
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