Tulsa, Okla. - Tulsa Police Officer Marvin Blades, Jr. is charged with five counts of robbery in the second degree. Documents were filed late Friday afternoon.
According to an arrest and booking report obtained by KRMG, Blades was the target of a sting operation as the result of an investigation into allegations that he was targeting Hispanic citizens during his patrols in north Tulsa, especially in the area of N. Lewis Ave.
At a news conference Saturday announcing the arrest, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan told KRMG that fellow patrol officers turned Blades in.
Court documents indicate that the Tulsa Police Department received 12 complaints of an officer stealing cash from motorists during vehicle stops.
Jordan believes there may be other victims that are afraid to come forward because of his or her immigration status.
Jordan encourages anyone who may have been a victim to call the Tulsa Police Department's robbery detectives at (918) 596-9137.
Chief Jordan confirms that Blades is on paid suspension while he awaits prosecution.
Earlier, Jordan told KRMG that he is committed to running an honest department. Jordan says, "We will clean our own house and we won't be satisfied until it is spotless."
Blades, 37, has been with the Tulsa Police Department off and on since 1997.
Jordan says that Blades was rehired by the department in 2009 following the most recent round of layoffs.