OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Police rushed to a local high school last week after an attempted armed robbery at Tinker FCU inside John Marshall High School and arrested a 16-year-old student at the school.
The attempted robbery is one of the first among the proliferating number of in-school credit union branches.
When officers arrived, they spoke to a teller at the credit union who told them she was helping two students when Rayqwonn Chatman walked up to the counter and allegedly told her to “give me some money.” Witnesses say he had his right hand in his pocket, making it appear as if he was armed.
A witness said she told Chatman he could be in a lot of trouble, before he left without any cash. Police were able to review security footage and arrested Chatman.
School officials issued the following statement after the arrest, “The Oklahoma City Public School District has a successful and effective partnership with Tinker Federal Credit Union in the development and operation of the John Marshall HS in-school branch. It is our hope that this incident will not overshadow the important and relevant educational lessons the students are learning thanks to the in-school branch.”
Police found the suspect in the school gym and arrested him. He remained in custody Tuesday with bail set at $20,000.
Tinker FCU opened the in-school branch in August. The credit union said it operates similar to a typical branch, open weekdays to students, parents and district employees.