According to the probable cause affidavit, Dewayne Joseph Bolton, 29, of Port Huron, Mich., had driven down to Oklahoma in early December with a cousin. They were in hopes of gaining employment at Altus Air Force Base. Bolton tried to enter AAFB on Dec. 4, but did not have proper identification and was not admitted.
Altus Police interviewed customers and pharmacy employees to determine the suspect's actions on Dec. 6, at United Pharmacy on 600 E. Broadway. Through their observations and reports, APD learned the suspect first asked pharmacy employees if they had Opana, or a comparable drug. Finding they did not, he allegedly produced a handgun and demanded Oxycontin 60. The suspect may have cocked the gun while he counted to 30 as a threat to a pharmacy employee. Under fear for her life, the employee gave him a partial bottle of the medication.
After the robbery, the suspect fled to a nearby laundromat where he left his distinctive black jacket with white and gray stripes to be washed. The attendant said the suspect said he was from Michigan and was working at AAFB.
On Dec. 14, 2011, a person, calling from the suspect's home town, left a voice mail regarding the robbery. The suspect had confessed the pharmacy robbery to the caller. A photo of the suspect was obtained from the St. Clair Sheriff's Department and a photo lineup was conducted. Witnesses to the crime identified the suspect.
On Dec. 15, 2011, an Altus Police Detective spoke again with the Michigan tipster and found out about the suspect's trip to the laundromat. The suspect's distinctive jacket was still there and was recovered by APD.
On Dec. 19, 2011, the suspect's cousin was interviewed and he identified the jacket as belonging to his cousin, Dewayne Bolton.
On Jan. 4, an arrest warrant by the Jackson County District Court was issued for Bolton for the crime of Robbery with a Weapon.
He was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 10 by a St. Clair Deputy Sheriff. Bolton is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma for the armed robbery.