|Updated: 1/24 3:42 pm
||Published: 1/24 3:41 pm
The Muskogee Police Department announced the arrest of three individuals they believe are responsible for a recent string of armed robberies in Muskogee.
During the early-morning hours of Jan. 15, police said, a man approached a clerk in the parking lot area of the Kum & Go convenience store at the intersection of North Country Club Road and East Shawnee.
They said the man robbed the clerk at gunpoint. Later that same day, around 9:15 p.m., a taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint after giving a ride to an individual to the area of Whispering Pines Apartments. Video surveillance at the scene of that robbery recorded the subject entering into an apartment where he was subsequently arrested.
Police identified the man as Javon Perry.
After further investigation police determined Perry was operating with two other suspects in committing the robberies.
Police said they worked with the F.B.I. Violent Crime Task Force to set up a sting operation to catch the other two suspects.
Police said Stephon Alexander and Matthew Triplett , were planning on robbing the E-Z Mart convenience store.
A Muskogee police officer posed as the clerk and members of the Muskogee Police Department Special Operations Team were on hand when the suspects arrived around 3 a.m. on Jan. 22.
Police said after a brief pursuit in which the suspects attempted to elude officers by reaching speeds in excess of 95 mph and turning off their headlights, the suspects crashed their vehicle into a tree near 33rd and West Okmulgee. Both suspects where then taken into custody.
All three suspects face charges of robbery in the first degree. Triplett, who was the driver of the vehicle, also faces additional felony charges of eluding police officers while endangering others. Triplett also had robbery warrants in Sebastian County, Ark.