Anthony Burns Jr. was apprehended on charge of assault with a dangerous weapon after threatening a woman at knifepoint in Walmart parking lot in Altus

Staff Report

Altus police continue the investigation that lead to the arrest of a man who threatened a woman with a knife in the parking lot of Walmart at 2500 N. Main St. in Altus.

Officers responded about 1 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of an attempted armed robbery by knifepoint. The victim informed police that she was placing groceries in her car when a man came up behind her and placed her in a chokehold, put a knife to her neck and pulled her to the ground.

The suspect was then confronted by a man who had been sitting in his vehicle when he witnessed the attack. The suspect then ran south across the parking lot toward Atwoods Ranch and Home store.

The witness described the suspect as a white male wearing a gray hoodie with red sleeves, about 40 years old, 230 pounds and wearing glasses.

Investigators obtained surveillance video from Walmart that showed a man who fit the description of the suspect.

That was circulated through the media and the City of Altus social media website.

With the help of the Altus office of probation and parole, the suspect was identified as Anthony Burns Jr., 40 of 901 E. Liveoak St. in Altus.

Burns was taken into custody and is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held at the Jackson County Jail awaiting initial appearance in district court.

Burns has previous felony convictions out of Stephens County which include second-degree burglary, first-degree arson, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Staff Report

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