The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 21, 2013

Texas police nab Okla. murder suspect, son OK


From The Associated Press

LEWISVILLE, Texas — An Oklahoma man suspected of killing his mother and abducting his 6-year-old son was captured with the unharmed child at a hotel near Dallas Wednesday morning.

Robert Connor III surrendered and his son, Declan (DEK'-lin), was taken into protective custody, said Capt. Jay Powell, a spokesman for Lewisville police.

Police believe Connor, 38, has ties to the Lewisville area, about 20 miles northwest of Dallas, Powell said. The officer did not elaborate.

An Amber Alert issued in Osage County, Okla., says Connor is wanted for homicide in Tuesday night's fatal shooting of the child's grandmother. Connor's great aunt, Marilyn Lorenz, said Wednesday that the victim was the child's paternal grandmother.

Investigators did not immediately provide a possible motive for the slaying at a home near Sand Springs, Okla., about 250 miles northeast of Lewisville.

The suspect checked into the hotel overnight with the boy and did not answer calls to the room or to his cellphone. Connor was captured after police used a device to order the suspect to surrender, Powell said.

"We put a remote microphone that let us yell at him through the door," Powell said. The boy will be placed with Child Protective Services, Powell said.

A vehicle linked to Connor was also recovered.