Former Jenks teacher charged in bank robbery

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Updated: 9/19/2012 10:01 am Published: 9/18/2012 3:39 pm

A former Jenks teacher is charged with bank robbery.

Stina Roi McMath is charged with conspiracy and bank burglary for the 2007 robbery of an Arvest Bank near 71st and Sheridan. Charges were filed against McMath and two other suspects, Rosally Mangual and Ryan Lee Mitchell, on September 6th.

The indictment alleges McMath drove Mangual and Mitchell to the bank on September 16th, 2007 and waited on a side street while they robbed the bank. McMath then allegedly drove away with the other suspects after the robbery and split the money between them.

FOX23 asked Eric Johnston the Assistant United States Attorney why it took so long to bring the charges. He offered this statement:

            "It would be inappropriate to comment at this time because it is a pending case"

Parents with children attending Jenks Middle School told FOX23 they were surprised to find out about the charges.

"You can't escape these things in our society," said the parent of an 8th grade student at Jenks Middle School, James Fleckenstein, "It's a little bit shocking."

Joyce Puroff said, "It's a very sad situation."

Pennie Ontiveros told FOX23 she and her 8th grade daughter were shocked when they learned about the charges. "It's crazy to think that something like that could past everyone," said Ontiveros.

McMath was a teacher at the Jenks Middle School but resigned on September 12th of this year. She’d been with the school system since the beginning of this school year.

The school district released this statement in an email:

"Stina McMath was employed as a Language Arts teacher at Jenks Middle School from August 6, 2012 until September 12, 2012. Her resignation was approved by the Jenks Board of Education on September 17, 2012."

Students told FOX23 they talked about the news in the hallways at school.

"I just thought that was crazy," said one 8th grade student, "A teacher with a get away car?"

Another 8th grade student, Lauren, said, "They set examples for us and we follow what they do and that she did that, its just surprising."

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sitbackrelapse - 9/26/2012 2:11 PM
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I have to say as an acquaintance of Stina and Rosie who knew them fairly well this news did come as a shock to even me. Not in a million years would i have guessed either of them would commit such a crime. But I'm more disappointed in the people who are so quick to jump to judgment of someone they don't or old acquaintances who are so willing to slander their names.. this happened 5 damn years ago! Am I condoning thekir actions? Not at all. But, I do think that people make stupid decisions when their teens/young adults.. its all part of the growing up process. Unfortunately this decision could result in a charge that could follow them the rest of their lives and make it impossible to follow/ fulfill their dreams. This breaks my heart for Stina to have made a poor choice in the past and to have to quit her job that she went to school.for years to get into. She didnt even get to teach for a full semester before her past came to haunt her present. and now on top of all that there are people throwing their judgement upon her without even having a clue what actually happened.. so frustrating to me!!

Grace - 9/23/2012 1:38 PM
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I had the unfortunate opportunity to work with Ms McMath a few years after this incident was reported to have occured....It completely fits her demeanor and personality. No way she was blackmailed into doing something against her will...saddens me to think that she had ANY opportunity to continue ANY work with children. I hope that she is punished to the full extent of the law.

Grace - 9/23/2012 1:32 PM
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aureatenova - 9/19/2012 5:08 PM
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I used to work with one of of the other suspects, Rosally, several years ago. She and Stina were in a committed relationship and lived together. I doubt it was blackmail, although I don't know who the guy is. I didn't know Stina other than meeting her a few times through Rosie, but still.....I'm shocked. I knew Rosie really well and would have never expected this.

hmhmurphy - 9/19/2012 11:44 AM
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Ms. McMath was my daughter's Language Arts teacher. When I heard about this Tuesday after school, I was shocked! My daughter didn't believe the rumors because it didn't fit with her 'mental image' of Ms. McMath. Of course, I looked it up on the internet and there it was!! I don't blame Jenks, they couldn't have possibly known. I have to wonder if Stina knew this was coming. She was gone 4 out of the 5 days last week and quit because of 'family issues', so I have to believe she knew this would come out soon. I just don't understand why the DA took so long to prosecute if they knew she was involved. Really, when I met her, I remember thinking that she didn't seem very teacher-like, but that doesn't really mean anything. She had kind of a dark vibe. Not mean, but sad. When I heard this, I wondered if perhaps she was blackmailed into driving a getaway car or threatened with physical violence. Who knows her reasons? I am glad she 'just' drove the car and wasn't one of the two aggressors inside the bank.
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