Tahlequah Daily Press

April 9, 2013

Local man charged in robbery

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have filed charges against a Tahlequah man who allegedly robbed another man and stole his vehicle last month.

Calvin Martin Wells, 30, is facing charges of first-degree robbery, driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving without a driver’s license, and transporting an open container of beer.

Tahlequah Police Officer Cody Warren filed a report March 23 when Michael Russell said Wells and another man punched and kicked him repeatedly, then stole his car keys and took off in his 2001 Ford Mustang.

Tahlequah police notified the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and asked deputies to keep an eye out for Russell’s vehicle. Deputy Michael Cates spotted the car going north on State Highway 82, and noticed it driving left of center. Cates stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, Wells, who was alone in the car and said he wanted a lawyer.

Wells was held on a $20,000 bond and is set for his initial appearance in district court April 23 at 1 p.m.

First-degree robbery is punishable by not less than 10 years in prison.