Armed fugitive captured in Sapulpa after standoff

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U.S. Marshals attempted to serve a warrant on Librao (Lee) Rosales Friday morning, August 30th, 2019, in the 600 block of North Ross St. Rosales refused to comply and barricaded himself in the residence. Rosales, a wanted fugitive who was featured on KOTV’s “Most Wanted Monday,” was being sought for a violation of probation on a methamphetamine charge. Four other occupants of the house were released without incident.

The Sapulpa Times spoke with Jose Rosales, Librao’s father, who was at the scene. The senior Rosales said he could not understand why the S.W.A.T. team was called in because he only knew of two DUIs and a failure to appear in court.

The Sapulpa S.W.A.T. along with members of law enforcement from, Bixby, Sand Springs, and Sapulpa, had the neighborhood cordoned off. After several hours of fruitless negotiations, the decision was made to use force.

Officer Mark Hulett stands at the corner of Ross and Perkins Streets during a standoff on Friday.

The Sapulpa Times was on the scene and witnessed the operation take place. Two Firetrucks rolled up to the scene because there had been an earlier report of smoke coming from the house in which the armed fugitive was barricaded.

Snipers then went into the alley behind the house. Shortly thereafter, tear gas was deployed and traces coming downwind stung the eyes of the news crews and bystanders. A K-9 officer was brought to the scene, and within minutes, a loud explosion, that sounded like a mortar shell, was heard. Officers had fired a flashbang cannister into the house. With the aid of the K-9 officer, tactical officers had Rosales in custody. He was handcuffed and accompanied by tactical officers, to a waiting vehicle.

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Charles Betzler

Long-time Sapulpa resident, Charles Betzler, followed his father, Charlie, into the radio and TV repair business. At age 9, he fixed his first broken radio and his first love is vintage audio equipment. In his 50 + years of technical work, graduation from OSUIT, and years of Continuing Education, Charles, in his capacity as Emergency Management Director of nearby city, designed the Emergency Operations Center, and the radio-activation system for the sirens. In his long career, he has repaired every type of consumer electronics from black-and-white TVs to the latest lap-top.

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