Former Tulsa firefighter sentenced to prison, admits robbing two banks

A former Tulsa firefighter will spend 51 months in prison after he admitted to robbing two Oklahoma banks.

After his release, Jerry Brown will spend an additional three years under supervision.

Brown admitted to robbing the Oklahoma Capital Bank in Skiatook in March 2020 and the Exchange Bank in Sperry in May.

Witnesses said Brown demanded money from the vaults and ATMs. Brown banked at the Skiatook bank, and one of the tellers believed Brown was the suspect at the time of the robbery.

Federal investigators believed Brown was motivated by financial issues.

Brown was officially charged in Oct. 2020 and was released while awaiting other criminal proceedings. However, Brown staged his own kidnapping in 2021. He initiated a police chase which eventually ended in Lyon County, Kansas.

Brown was handed additional charges in Kansas before he was returned to federal custody.

“Jerry Brown’s string of criminal acts included two bank robberies and attempting to escape prosecution by staging his own disappearance to look like a kidnapping,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “This bank robber has been held accountable and will spend 51 months in federal prison.”

Federal agents, the Skiatook Police Department, and the Owasso Police Department helped with the investigation.

“We are gratified Brown is being brought to justice for his crimes, and can no longer target Oklahoma’s financial institutions or intimidate innocent citizens.”