Investigation into alleged robbery ends in arrest

An investigation into the alleged robbery of a 70-year-old man Saturday night resulted in the arrest of one suspect who allegedly admitted his involvement.

Coyrie Okey, 25, allegedly told police he and the other suspects walked up to the victim and while one of them talked about a basketball scholarship, another took the man’s wallet, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing Monday for Okey.

Detective Roger Gray said in a probable cause affidavit the alleged victim told police he was unloading his wheelchair at a house on Southern Pines Drive when two black males walked up to him and one of them started talking to him while the other tried to grab his wallet, which was in his front pocket.

The alleged victim told police the suspect pushed him back into his vehicle and grabbed the wallet, which contained a driver’s license, credit cards and cash, and both men ran from the scene.

Pugh said police received information that a white Cadillac had followed the alleged victim from a service station and began looking for a vehicle matching that description.

When it was found, it contained Okey and three other people, Gray said in the affidavit.

The alleged victim also told police he found bruises on his left foot and wasn’t aware of them when he was initially robbed.

Pugh said Okey had prior convictions for theft of property and possession of a defaced firearm in 2007 and theft of property in 2008.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 cash-only bond for Okey after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with robbery.

The judge also ordered Okey to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was assigned to represent Okey.