Lewisville police arrested a 37-year-old Oklahoma man on murder charges early Wednesday, and rescued his youngest son who was with him.
Robert Leroy Connor III is accused of killing his mom, Deborah Connor, 62, after she was recently awarded legal guardianship of his 6-year- and 10-year-old sons.
Authorities with the Osage County Sheriff Office said they were called out to the mother’s residence in the Osage County town of Sand Springs, Okla. Tuesday night before he allegedly took off with his youngest son.
At 3 a.m. Wednesday, Lewisville police received a tip about Connor’s whereabouts and began trying to track down the suspect and the 6-year-old boy.
Capt. Jay Powell, spokesman for Lewisville police, said officers located Connor’s vehicle and determined that he was registered at a hotel in the 2600 block of Lake Vista.
Powell said officers attempted to reach Connor by calling his cell phone numerous times and were unsuccessful.
At 7 a.m., a Lewisville tactical team set up speakers outside his hotel room and began negotiations. Nearly 30 minutes later, Connor surrendered and was taken into custody.
The 6-year-old was found inside unharmed, Powell said.
Officials said a gun was recovered at the scene and they are working to try to identify if the weapon found was used in the alleged murder.
Connor is currently awaiting arraignment at the Lewisville Jail on kidnapping and first degree murder charges out of Osage County.
According to a warrant issued for Connor’s arrest, his mom was killed by a single bullet to the head after they got into a disagreement after 8 p.m. Tuesday. During this time, authorities said the 10-year-old son ran to a next door neighbors house for help, where the neighbor and the 10-year-old boy stayed until help arrived.
A spokesperson with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office said an Amber Alert was issued through the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. Authorities are not sure why Connor headed into North Texas, they have reason to believe there might be family somewhere nearby.
Officials working the case said there were four people working the Amber Alert phones since the alert was issued sometime after 10 p.m., which might have helped lead to the tip in Lewisville.
Osage County Sheriff Ty Koch said he appreciated all the help provided by the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa police, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Department of Public Safety and the Lewisville police.
Officials said that if Connor doesn’t waive the extradition process, he could remain in North Texas for awhile.
He remains in Denton County Jail awaiting arraignment.
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