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March 7, 2013

Alleged Walmart robber arraigned, judge orders competency evaluation

ENID, Okla. — A man arrested two weeks ago on complaints of robbery and theft, after he attempted to rob Walmart armed with an aerosol can, was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

Special District Judge Brian Lovell ordered the evaluation for Bryan Brooks Boswell, 32, during Boswell’s arraignment Thursday.

Boswell was charged with felony counts of second-degree robbery, attempted larceny of an automobile, knowingly concealing stolen property and larceny of merchandise from a retailer.

He faces up to 10 years on the robbery charge; three to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $500,000 on the attempted larceny of an automobile charge; no more than five years, or no more than one year in the county jail and/or a fine of no more than $500 on a third felony charge; and up to a year in county jail on the larceny charge.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, at 9:56 p.m. Feb. 21 Officer Kenyon Hughes was sent to Walmart, 5505 W. Garriott, in reference to an assault in progress on Walmart employees.

While on his way to the store, Hughes was advised by dispatch of the suspect’s description and also was told the man was assaulting employees with an aerosol can, according to the affidavit. Hughes then was told the man was in the west parking lot attempting to steal a white pickup.

Hughes and Officer Antonio Moreno arrived on scene at the same time and found the white pickup.

A man was outside the window of the pickup hanging onto a man in the driver’s seat who matched the suspect’s description, according to the affidavit. Moreno spoke to Boswell and asked him multiple times to get out of the vehicle.

A woman was standing at the passenger-side window yelling at Boswell to get out of her vehicle, according to the affidavit. Hughes again ordered Boswell out of the truck but he kept stating, “Hold on,” according to the affidavit. After asking for him to get out of the vehicle multiple times, Hughes and Moreno pulled Boswell from the vehicle.

Boswell continued to struggle with the officers when taken from the truck, and was forced to the ground and placed into handcuffs, according to the affidavit.

Hughes spoke to the woman who was yelling at Boswell from the passenger window of the truck.

She told Hughes she was inside the truck when Boswell came to the driver’s-side window and began hitting it with a metal object, according to the affidavit. She said she opened the door of the truck and began running. She said Boswell followed her and got the keys from her. She said Boswell returned to the truck, where store patrons then stepped in to stop him, according to the affidavit.

Hughes spoke with the store manager, who said Boswell had tried to rob the store.

The manager said Boswell had tried to rob two clerks at two registers, and opened a can of Ultra Duster he had just gotten in the store along with a computer, according to the affidavit. The manager said he told Boswell he didn’t want to rob the store. He said Boswell told him he had to do it to get some money. He said Boswell then told him, “You’re being robbed,” according to the affidavit

The manager said Boswell opened a register drawer and took money from it, according to the affidavit. He also said when he grabbed the cart Boswell was pushing, Boswell sprayed his hand with Ultra Duster. He said Boswell already had sprayed a customer with Ultra Duster.

The manager said he was able to take the can away from Boswell, but Boswell grabbed another can and sprayed them more, according to the affidavit. Boswell left the store through the west exit and began unloading items he’d taken from the store, including a computer and cans of Ultra Duster, into his vehicle.

Hughes spoke with one of the clerks. She said Boswell asked her to open the register and give him change. When she said she couldn’t open the register, the manager came over and she heard Boswell tell the manager, “I’m going to rob her,” according to the affidavit. She said Boswell told her a total of three times to move before she did. She said he opened the drawer and took the money and left, according to the affidavit.

Officer Robert Fleer found Boswell’s vehicle in the parking lot with the driver’s-side door open. Inside the vehicle was a computer, air duster cans and a Walmart scanner, according to the affidavit.

Boswell is being held in lieu of $10,000 and was ordered to return to court April 8 for a bond appearance.

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