DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -The Irish Mob has infiltrated the Stephens County area and the search is on for one of its members believed to be behind a violent home invasion that happened in February.
Law enforcement is working to hunt down the man caught in grainy surveillance images. Those images were captured the afternoon a family in Meridian was robbed at gunpoint, zip tied and one of them was pistol whipped.
Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney says the man is no petty criminal. In fact, they call him 'The Collector' or 'The Enforcer.' He's the man the mob unleashes when people don't pay their drug debts, which is exactly what's believed to have happened in Meridian.
While the Irish Mob isn't a gang we often take note of in Oklahoma, Sheriff McKinney says they're here and they're making their mark.
"They are always heavily armed. This gang started in the prison system and is associated with the Aryan Nation. We have seen a large amount start in northern Oklahoma and have migrated throughout the state," Sheriff McKinney said.
Sheriff McKinney says let there be no doubt, the man captured in the video meant business the day he showed up to the home armed with a gun.
"All this time, he's threatening to kill them to do bodily injury," Sheriff McKinney said.
Sheriff McKinney says without question, the targets of this home invasion are lucky to be alive.
"A lot of times, the victims don't make it through that or the victims get life-threatening type injuries," he explained.
That's why he says he's not surprised the victims haven't exactly been cooperating, unwilling to identify the man seen in this video.
"When you deal and get tied in the drug trade, no matter how small it is, sooner or later you're going to meet someone that's a little bit tougher that you, that may want to take advantage not only of you, but anyone they can get their hands on, and if that means murder then that's what it will be," Sheriff McKinney said.
He says they've every reason to believe he has ties to the Irish Mob. Like most gang members, this mobster didn't show up without his identifying gang swag.
Investigators believe he was wearing a T-shirt that displays a clover marked flag, a Guinness hat displaying a shamrock and they say he even went as far as to tie his victims with green zip ties.
"All these mob members identify themselves with a certain type of tattoos, clover leaf or certain things that refer to an Irish descent. It's a way to identify themselves with other gang members and the people they deal with. It's kind of like a military or police officer wearing a uniform, it obviously has a much different meaning," Sheriff McKinney said.
While Sheriff McKinney says they hope to make an arrest in this case, they're several more to be made.
"What's scary, as the sheriff, is these type of people in our county. We are currently working several cases that we know the Irish Mob is connected to directly," Sheriff McKinney said.
The suspect is believed to be from the Oklahoma City or Tulsa area. Sheriff McKinney is asking for any tips that could lead to his arrest.
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Sheriff McKinney say the suspect had a red beard and was seen driving away in a small SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer. It appeared to be light gray or tan in color.