The missing suspect in a robbery and assault at St. Cecilia Cathedral has been identified as Larry Leggett, 20, and he is now in police custody, along with Wayman Clark.
Police say that shortly before 3:30 Friday afternoon officers with the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force located Leggett in the 4700 block of North 36th Avenue. They say he tried to run from the rear of a residence when officers announced themselves but the home was surrounded. He ran back inside. Police say Task Force members were then able to talk Leggett into surrendering. He was arrested without further incident and booked for robbery.
Police say they were able to identify Leggett as their missing suspect through a combination of Crime Stoppers tips and the work of the Task Force, the OPD Gang Unit and Robbery Unit Detectives.
Police say 22-year-old Clark was one of two men seen on surveillance video who ran up behind the 76-year-old victim. One grabbed her purse and the other punched her in the head, knocking her to the floor, causing a gash that sent her to the hospital.
Prosecutors say it was Clark who threw the punch. They say they did not file assault charges in this case because the robbery charge carries more time.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said, “The robbery charge carries up to 50 years, one to 50 years. And robbery is defined as stealing something from somebody by force or violence or putting somebody in fear. Obviously the violence is the punch that takes place here. And obviously the robbery carries much more penalty than a misdemeanor assault punch would.”
The suspects’ family members left court Friday upset over the $500,000 bond for Wayman Clark and they said Clark’s mother Charlean should not be in jail. They say she was on her way to turn her son in to authorities.
Johnnie McGee is one of those family members who told us, “She was just trying to help her son go downtown and turn himself in and I was shocked when they arrested her.”
Prosecutors say Wayman Clark was found hiding in Charlean’s car when he was arrested and they say Charlean knew about the arrest warrant and the assault.
Wayman and Charlean Clark are both scheduled for preliminary hearings in September.
The victim's family has released the following statement:
"What they did was horrible. I want people to know that church is a safe place. The attackers should suffer consequences for their wrong actions. I also feel sadness for the choices they made, knowing that is not God's plan for their lives. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.'
Forgiveness does not mean what they did was okay. Forgiveness gives freedom to the one who forgives. The two men should go to prison. There are other kinds of prisons such as fear and unforgiveness. Don't let the devil put you in one. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:14-15, 'For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.'
Time on Earth is short. Turn to Jesus."