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February 21, 2013

Enid man faces 20 years to life

ENID, Okla. — A 43-year-old Enid man is facing 20 years to life in prison on a charge of second-degree robbery because of eight prior felony convictions.

Edward Leroy Stamps appeared Thursday via video from Garfield County Detention Facility for arraignment on the felony charge. Stamps is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

During arraignment, Stamps asked Special District Judge Brian Lovell for a bond reduction, saying he needed time to get his affairs in order.

The judge told Stamps the bond he already had was “pretty generous” and likely was set by another judge without the knowledge of the eight prior felony convictions.

“Bond is something that can be revisited at a later date,” Lovell told Stamps.

Stamps was ordered to return to court March 11 for a bond appearance.

According to the charges, Stamps has convictions for burglary, escape from arrest or detention, larceny of an automobile and first-degree robbery dating back to 1989 and as late as 1997.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department responded at 8:48 p.m. Feb. 2 to Sharky’s Bar, 601 N. Independence, on a report of a robbery.

Police spoke with a man who said he had called a friend for a ride home and went outside to wait. He said he was approached by a man and they began to talk about what was going on inside the bar.

The man said he was pushed to the ground and the other man took his wallet from his back pocket and ran north from the bar, according to the affidavit. The man said he was using a cane to walk at the time because he’d recently broken his leg.

The man provided police with a description, but a check of the area with multiple officers did not find a suspect. A track with a K-9 unit from the scene of the robbery ended in the 100 block of West Ash.

On Feb. 3, Office Aaron Barber contacted a bartender at Shooter’s, 1416 N. Grand, who said she’d received a call the night before warning her of the robbery outside Sharky’s.

She said she was given a description of the man by the bartender of Sharky’s and said a man fitting that description had been in the bar Feb. 2 attempting to sell a DVD player. She said it seemed suspicious so she asked for the man’s identification. She said his last name was Stones and his address was on 3rd.

Barber remembered an incident at Ash and Independence where a man fitting the robber’s description had broken into a residence, according to the affidavit. A male had been taken into custody named Edward Stamps. A driver’s license checked and showed an address for Stamps of 1401 S. 3rd.

On Feb. 5, a photo lineup was created, which included Stamps’ photograph. On Feb. 13, police met with the man who was robbed and showed him the photo lineup. The man indicated Stamps’ photograph as the man who robbed him and circled and initialed the photo of Stamps.

On Feb. 15, police spoke with Stamps at 1401 S. 3rd and Stamps denied any involvement in the robbery. He was placed under arrest and taken to the Enid Police Department for questioning, but requested a lawyer be present.

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