The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 22, 2013

Police arrest man for allegedly using aerosol can to rob Enid Walmart

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man was arrested Thursday on multiple complaints of robbery and theft after he allegedly robbed Walmart armed with an aerosol can.

Enid Police Department responded at 9:56 p.m. to Walmart, 5505 W. Garriott, on a report of a man assaulting employees with an aerosol can and threatening to rob them.

PDF: Download a copy of the Enid Police Department report HERE

Capt. Jack Morris said Bryan Brooks Boswell, 32, was arrested on complaints of robbery by fear, grand larceny, knowingly concealing stolen property, attempted auto theft, vandalism and three counts of assault and battery following the incident.

When officers arrived at the store they learned Boswell first went to a register and attempted to rob the clerk, failed, and went to another register and assaulted a customer, according to an EPD release.

Boswell allegedly went to a third register and told the cashier he was robbing her and told her to back away from the register, which she did. Boswell was able to open the register, removed the cash draw and place the money from the register in his pockets.

Police say employees attempted to stop Boswell from leaving the store but he continued to spray the contents of the aerosol can at them. Boswell left the store with a shopping cart with items he had not paid for, including a computer, price scanner from the store and several cans of Ultra Duster compressed air.

Boswell went to his vehicle in the parking lot and unloaded the items from the cart into his vehicle, according to the report. Boswell closed the door of his vehicle and then approached a woman sitting in another vehicle.

Boswell banged on the window of the woman’s vehicle with an aerosol can, according to police, and after she exited took her keys. He and his dog got into the woman’s vehicle, started the vehicle and put it into reverse.

Two customers then began to struggle with Boswell, stopping him from leaving. One of the customers was holding Boswell and he attempted to bite that customer. The other customer put the vehicle back into park and took the money from Boswell, giving it to a Walmart employee, police reported.

Officers arrived on scene and took Boswell into custody.

Boswell had taken more than $3,000, a desktop computer valued at $452, a price scanner valued at $1,300 and several cans of Ultra Duster, valued at $5.37 each.

Boswell was booked into Garfield County Detention Facility. Animal Control took custody of Boswell’s dog.

Online court records show Boswell pleaded guilty Feb. 1, 2012, to a misdemeanor count of inhaling, stemming from July 2011 arrest.

In that case, Boswell was arrested at his apartment in the 2100 block of West Broadway after police responded to a call of a man slumped over in a vehicle.

Police spoke with Boswell, who had droopy eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Police found two cans of Ultra Duster in his vehicle, one of which cold to the touch with condensation on the bottom. Boswell had told police he was leaning over cleaning out the interior, but his mother told police he had been inhaling the compressed air.

Boswell received an eight-month deferred sentence and was ordered to pay court and jail costs, and fines.