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Drew Blanton, a suspect in a north Oklahoma City bank holdup, was charged with bank robbery in United States District Court Friday afternoon.

Free Press was on the scene of the crash that ended Blanton’s attempt to elude police Wednesday.

The criminal complaint submitted by the FBI special agent assigned to the case concludes that there is probable cause to believe that Blanton robbed the Bank of America branch, 2101 W. Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.

Bernard M. Jones, U.S. Magistrate Judge, signed the complaint.

The U.S. attorney now has 30 days to present the case to a grand jury who will decide whether to indict Blanton.

Because of his injuries from the crash as he fled police, Blanton was taken to Baptist Hospital.

The hospital reported to the agent that Blanton’s blood test showed he had “a blood alcohol content of .266, well above the legal limit, and he also tested positive for THC and amphetamines.”

Robbery

The weapon Blanton used for the robbery was a pellet gun, the complaint stated.

The complaint also confirms early reports that OKCPD quickly located the truck after the robbery near the home of Blanton’s mother in the 11100 block of Quail Creek Road.

Blanton fled with OKCPD Air One following his progress southbound on N. May Avenue until he crashed in the parking lot of Sun and Ski Sports in The Village.

There police recovered a large quantity of cash from Blanton’s truck.

The complaint says that Blanton matched witness descriptions of his physical appearance and clothing.

Oklahoma City Police Officer Megan Morgan told Free Press that Blanton has not been charged by Oklahoma City yet for eluding an officer. He is still in the hospital.

Bank robbery is a federal offense investigated by the FBI and tried in U.S. district court in the jurisdiction where it occurs.

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