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November 18, 2012

Disc golf robber hits east side park

NORMAN — Ryan Milam, 21, is an avid disc golfer who plays at Lions Park Northeast several days a week. He often plays alone and, because of the friendly nature of disc golfers, has never feared strangers on the course.

That changed Saturday morning between 9 and 10 a.m. when he was robbed at gunpoint by a masked man dressed in black and wielding a crowbar in his other hand. Norman Police conducted an intensive search at the park following the robbery but did not apprehend the suspect.

“We have not taken anybody into custody,” Lt. Chad Vincent said. “The incident is currently under investigation.”

The suspect is described as a white male wearing black clothing and sunglasses, 6 ft. tall, 180 pounds with blond hair.

“I went out there by myself,” Milam said. “I go out there five days a week. I play by myself pretty often.”

There were no cars at the park when Milam arrived that morning, but he thought little of it. It was a routine he often followed.

Most times, Milam doesn’t carry much cash, but on Saturday he had been to the ATM and had withdrawn $150 in order to pay a bill. He said he didn’t think anyone followed him from the ATM which was inside and some distance from the course.

On the fourth hole, Milam noticed a guy sitting on the bench. The man in black had a single disc golf in his hand and was most noticeable by the fact that he had no bag with him, no other discs.

“He’s talking on the phone, and I ask him if I can play through,” Milam said.

Milam was following typical course courtesy, and the man told him to go ahead, that he was waiting on someone. Milam thought little of it at that point because it’s not unusual for a player to arrive and wait for friends on the course.

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