Cherokee Citizen Charged for Robbing a Sand Springs Gas Station and Assaulting the Owner
A Cherokee citizen was charged by Criminal Complaint today for robbing a gas station owner in Sand Springs, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
Camaran Blake Breazeale, 29, of Sand Springs, was charged with first degree robbery in Indian Country.
On July 13, the Sand Springs Police Department responded to a male loitering at a gas station. An officer arrived and notified Breazeale to leave the property’s premises.
Approximately twenty minutes later, the defendant returned to the gas station and said to the owner, “This is my store. Give me everything now.” According to the affidavit, video footage showed Breazeale striking the defendant with his fist multiple times and knocking him down. Then, he allegedly grabbed a shotgun and used the butt of the firearm to strike the victim repeatedly in the head saying, “Stop don’t move, or I will shoot you.” Breazeale then took cash from the register and exited the station.
The same police officer who responded to the initial loitering call was in the area when he heard a driver in a parked car yell at Breazeale on the north side of the store. As he approached Breazeale, a customer came running out to the store saying a man was on the floor covered in blood.
Breazeale then allegedly walked up to the officer and handed over the money saying “he gave me that.” His right hand appeared to have blood on it. The officer secured the defendant and rendered aid to the victim who was unconscious in the store with multiple injuries. The victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.
The crime occurred on the Muscogee Nation Reservation.
This matter will proceed in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, where the Complaint is currently pending. A Complaint is a temporary charge alleging a violation of law. For the case to proceed to trial, the United States must present the charge to a federal Grand Jury within 30 days. Once a Grand Jury returns an Indictment, a defendant has a right to a jury trial at which the United States would have the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The FBI and Sand Springs Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas E. Buscemi and Victor A.S. Régal are prosecuting the case.