Muskogee bank robbery suspect arrested on two counts in Tulsa
A man charged with a Muskogee bank robbery in 2014 and three others in Colorado was arrested Wednesday for allegedly committing two bank robberies in Tulsa.
Victor Siegrist, 54, bonded out of the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility on Aug. 17. He is charged in Muskogee County with a 2014 bank robbery in which he allegedly robbed the Bank of Oklahoma in Muskogee.
The Tulsa Police Department said in a media release that Siegrist is accused of robbing the Commerce Bank at 5314 S. Yale St. in Tulsa on Friday and the Bank of Oklahoma at 7121 S. Sheridan Road in Tulsa on Wednesday.
The Tulsa and Muskogee bank robberies make a total of six that Siegrist has been accused of in the last 11 years. However, he has never been convicted of any.
Siegrist was charged in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with three bank robberies that he allegedly committed in July 2006. Those charges were all dismissed in 2011, said Lee Richards, the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office public information officer.
“He was then declared permanently incompetent by the courts,” Richards said.
Siegrist has been declared mentally incompetent in Muskogee County courts, too.
Muskogee County District Court records indicate the state dismissed the Muskogee bank robbery case in August 2016, and had Siegrist committed for mental health treatment.
Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge refiled the case against Siegrist in November 2016.
“Apparently, he ran off and went to Arkansas, so we refiled the case and got a governor’s warrant to get him back here,” Loge said previously. “So we’ll have to do another mental competency evaluation, and if he is found competent, we’ll go forward with the prosecution. If he is found incompetent again, we will send him back to treatment.”
Court records show Siegrist is due in court in Muskogee County on Oct. 23 to address his mental competency.
In October 2014, Siegrist allegedly robbed the Bank of Oklahoma at 215 State St., about 3:15 p.m. He allegedly entered the west entrance of the bank and told a bank teller, “This is a robbery.”
The FBI said the teller complied with the robber’s demands, and the robber left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was shown, and no one was injured. Siegrist and another man, who was not charged, were apprehended near the southeast parking lot of the Muskogee Police Department parking lot within minutes of the robbery.
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