TULSA, Okla. – A Muscogee Nation citizen from Tulsa was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbery in Indian Country and kidnapping in Indian Country, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
U.S. District Chief Judge John F. Heil III sentenced Andrew Michael Crowels, 27, to 15 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. Judge Heil further ordered Crowels to pay $819.92 in restitution.
“Andrew Crowels and his co-defendant, kidnapped the victim at gunpoint, robbed him, and then drove him to his place of employment and forced him to empty the safe,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Now, thanks to the work of our law enforcement partners, Crowels and his co-defendant have both been sentenced.”
In his plea on May 11, 2022, Crowels admitted that he, along with others, robbed and kidnapped the victim by force, threatened him with a firearm, and stole items including a car, firearm, phone, debit card, cash, and clothing. Crowels further admitted that they took the victim, at gun point, to several ATMs attempting to get cash from the debit card. When that failed, the victim was taken to a Mazzio’s where he was a manager and forced to get cash out of the safe.
Katie Dawn Bowdler, a co-defendant in this case pleaded guilty to robbery in Indian Country April 1, 2022. She has been sentenced to five years and three months in a federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. She was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $819.92.
The Tulsa Police Department and FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Buscemi prosecuted the case.