Group helps hold Tulsa burglary suspect until police arrive

Group helps hold Tulsa burglary suspect until police arrive

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police said a group of people helped them arrest a burglary suspect near a midtown business.

Police said a man came out of Climb Tulsa on Sunday night to find someone inside his car. The man confronted the suspect, John Cassady, who told the man he was an off-duty police officer and showed him a police badge.

Police said Cassady tried to run away, but a group of people chased after him, caught him and held him until police arrived.

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Officers checked surveillance video at the business and saw that Cassady had arrived a short time earlier and had parked a van in a handicapped-accessible spot. Police searched the van and found items reported stolen in a burglary earlier that day, which included the police badge. They also learned the van had been stolen.

Cassady was arrested on seven counts of possession of stolen property, false impersonation of a police officer, parking in a handicapped-accessible spot, possession of a stolen vehicle and more.

Police don’t advise that citizens step in and confront suspected criminals, but encourage people to use their best judgment.

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