Lawton Crimestoppers tip leads to arrests for string of robberies

Lawton_The string of armed robberies in Lawton could be coming to an end.  Lawton Police arrested two men that they say committed the crimes over the past two weeks.  Police arrested Antione Diray Johnson and Cody Wayne Mayfield for the robberies of a Subway, Stripes and Pizza Hut - all on Fort Sill Boulevard - the EZGo at Sheridan and Lindy, and last week's robbery of Maverick Pawn Shop.

After each of the robberies, police asked anyone with information about them to call Crimestoppers - and, someone did.  Police Chief Ronnie Smith says that the anonymous Crimestoppers tip got the ball rolling, and got two suspects off the streets.  The rash of robberies in December, 2008 were as bad as anything Chief Smith says he has ever seen.  "It got to the point where one night we had four armed robberies in one night," he said.  "In the 34 years I've been here, I've never known of four armed robberies."

One week later, police say Antione Johnson and Cody Mayfield went to Maverick Pawn for another robbery.  The arrests of the two men gives pawn shop owner John Wofenbarger some relief.  "It makes us feel a little better because you don't look every time somebody comes through the door," he said.  "Maybe they'd make a return, because they did pretty good the first time they were here.  It's scary for everybody in the community with somebody robbing people."

A law enforcement team - including the patrol division, criminal investigation, special operations, the gang task force, probation and patrol, and the U.S. Marshal Service - went after the culprits.  "We put together about a 12-man task force and went out there started beating the streets trying to find these suspects," said Smith.  "We developed them and got them into custody.  With a Crimestoppers tip as a starting point, they went out and beat the streets and found the first suspect."

Detectives interrogated the first suspect they caught throughout Monday afternoon, and he confessed.  They developed as second suspect during the investigation, and found and arrested him Monday evening.  "The detectives have been working 24-7," said Wolfenbarger.  "I appreciate all their help and the policemen who helped get these guys rounded up, because I think it makes Lawton a lot safer."

Both Johnson and Mayfield are on probation for previous crimes.  Johnson spent a total of about 10 years in prison for multiple drug charges, and Mayfield served more than 12 years in prison for an earlier armed robbery.  Both are being held in the city jail as detectives continue to investigate the robberies.  The police will submit their case to the Comanche County District Attorney on Wednesday.

Police also continue to look for another person of interest who may have more information about the robberies.  He was at the Stripes on Fort Sill Boulevard when it was robbed.  The person of interest was wearing a red Indiana basketball jersey with the number 11.  If you have any information about this individual, please call Crimestoppers at 580-355-INFO.

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