Love County deputy honored for catching suspected bank robber

By: Sara Humphrey Email
By: Sara Humphrey Email

MARIETTA, OK - Some local lawmakers surprised a Love County deputy with an award for his work in nabbing a fleeing bank robbery suspect.

An accused bank robber who ran from authorities in Texas proved to be no match for veteran Love County Deputy Harvey Stewart.

"He jumped out and I jumped out and stopped him and got him handcuffed," Stewart said. "He admitted that he did it. He said, 'Oh I'm caught.'"

Thanks to Stewart, 38-year-old Lynn McMorris is now behind bars.

Authorities said on June 13, McMorris stole over $4,000 from the American National Bank in Gainesville and took off northbound I-35 in a stolen getaway car.

"I got out on the interstate and set up on 14 mile marker and Sheriff Russell went down south on Highway 77 incase he went that way and I hadn't been there three minutes when he came by and I recognized him," Stewart said.

To honor Stewart's work in locking up the suspected bank robber, two Oklahoma State Senator Frank Simpson and State Representative Tommy Hardin awarded him with a legislative citation Wednesday afternoon.

"He did an outstanding job," Hardin said. "Law enforcement doesn't get the recognition they deserve a lot and this was our opportunity for us to do that."

"It's quite an honor," Stewart said. "It's something I have never received before, something I will always cherish."

"He's just a good all around deputy," Love County Sheriff Joe Russell said.

Harvey said he has been with the Love County Sheriff's Department for over ten years, but for him work never gets old.

"You still, even at my age, get a rush from all this," Stewart said.


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