Tulsa's 'Most Wanted' is suspect in kidnapping, robbery
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Monday, January 14, 2013
Tulsa police are searching for a man who is accused of holding a woman and her granddaughter hostage during a home invasion.
Deonta Dejuan Ballard, 25, was charged in Tulsa County District Court Oct. 24 with first-degree burglary, possession of a stole vehicle, obstructing an officer along with two counts of armed robbery and kidnapping, court documents show.
Ballard has been named the Tulsa Police Department's "Most Wanted" this week.
He is alleged to have forced a woman insider her home at gunpoint in the 3900 block of South Darlington Avenue Oct. 12. The woman and her 18-year-old granddaughter were held hostage while Ballard, working in tandem with 20-year-old Dustin Sanders, stole three televisions, a cell phone and a computer, police said.
The men then forced the women to a vehicle and forced them to drive to a nearby bank and made them withdraw $350 in cash.
Sanders was arrested Oct. 15 by police for his role in the armed robbery. He remains in the Tulsa Jail on $152,00 bond, jail records indicate.
Ballard is described by police as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 180 pounds.
Anyone with information about Ballard’s whereabouts can contact Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS (2677) or tulsaworld.com/crimestoppers. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward and can remain anonymous.
Deonta Dejuan Ballard