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July 2, 2014

Teen arrested as youthful offender on first-degree robbery complaint

ENID, Okla. — UPDATE: A teen arrested on a complaint of first-degree robbery will not be charged as a youthful offender.

Garfield County Assistant District Attorney Hope Bryant said after a review of the case, Maliek Morris-Hamilton, 17, would not be prosecuted as a youthful offender.


Enid Police Department arrested a 17-year-old boy as a youthful offender on a complaint of first-degree robbery Monday.

Capt. Jack Morris said at 8:54 p.m. Monday the Enid Garfield County 911 Center received a 911 call concerning a 17-year-old girl who was robbed by a 17-year-old male while in the 300 block of West Pine.  

Upon arriving, officers learned the girl had given three males a ride from Sonic Drive-In to a residence in the 300 block of West Pine. She knew two of the males, Morris said.

“Shortly after dropping the three males off, one of the males, identified as 17-year-old Maliek Morris-Hamilton, unknown to the victim, walked back up to the driver’s window of the female’s vehicle and started banging on the window demanding that she give him money,” Morris said. “When the female refused, Mr. Morris-Hamilton walked around the front of the vehicle and opened the passenger’s door and yelled at the female to give him her money and again she said ‘no.’”

Morris-Hamilton then hit the girl in the face with his fist and yelled “I will hit you again,” the captain said.

The girl began yelling for help and Morris-Hamilton hit her again in the face and grabbed her wallet and took off running, Morris said. The wallet contained miscellaneous items and cash totaling $438.

Officers located Morris-Hamilton and placed him under arrest on a complaint of first-degree robbery. Morris-Hamilton was booked into Garfield County Detention Center because the charge is a youthful offender crime, which allows him to be charged as an adult.

The wallet was found on top of a business located in the area, Morris said, but money was missing from the wallet. Officers were able to recover $320 of the missing $438.

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