OKC family held hostage by suspect accused of shooting OHP soldiers
An Oklahoma City woman shared her story with News 9 on Tuesday about her family’s chilling experience with an armed fugitive. Oklahoma City Police say Gabriel Yeatman, 34, broke into the woman’s home following a chase and shooting on I-240 with Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers the week last.
Yeatman’s run for the law ended Monday in Chickasha when he was captured by US Marshals and Oklahoma City police. He was taken into custody at the Oklahoma County Detention Center and booked on nine charges stemming from his criminal spree.
“They’re just focusing on him shooting the officer and I understand that’s a big deal,” said Hannah Coleman, held hostage in her home by Yeatman. “But that’s not the only thing that happened.”
Hannah Coleman said the wanted man held his family hostage for two hours before he could call the police last Friday morning.
“At one point he lay down on the end of my bed to catch his breath,” Coleman said.
At the time, Coleman had no idea Yeatman was on the run from authorities. She said he broke into her southwest Oklahoma City home to evade capture. Coleman’s brother first came face to face with the armed suspect before entering Coleman’s bedroom where she was sleeping with her two-year-old child.
“This man has a gun in his hand and he says he blew himself up,” Coleman said. “And he needs us to let him stay here until these men leave.”
However, she could see the police lights outside her window and knew that Yeatman was lying.
“I was scared,” Coleman said. “I did everything he said because he had a gun in his hand and my kids are my first priority.”
She said when Yeatman finally left, he drove off in his rental car.
“I went to get my car keys and realized the key was nowhere to be found,” Coleman said. “I looked and the car wasn’t in the driveway.”
Police found the car abandoned 10 blocks from Coleman’s home.
Coleman said they were still in shock. Yeatman broke into their house, but they’re grateful he didn’t harm anyone.
“It’s crazy that you see the whole house on this block,” Coleman said. “He ended up getting into mine.”
Yeatman was also charged with ramming a Trooper’s car head-on. OHP officials said the Trooper was sore from the accident, but was fine. No one was hit by the gunfire.