Police charging three in alleged robbery at Red River Behavioral Health Center
Three people are facing charges after police said they took a Red River Behavioral Health patient’s belongings and fled the facility with him in tow this summer.
Sheldon D. Kingbird, Tanaya Lee Smith and Nicole Doris Smith went to the behavioral health center on June 3 to visit Nicole Smith's husband, who was a patient, an affidavit for their arrest said. The three were brought to a secured common room for the visit. Nicole Smith requested and received her husband’s personal belongings, including his wedding rings and cellphone, the court document said.
Kingbird approached a nurse’s station and forcibly grabbed an employee ID badge that was clipped to a nurse’s shirt, according to the affidavit. The badge also acts as a key card to allow entry into otherwise restricted areas. The court document said the nurse’s shirt tore open as Kingbird ripped the badge from her.
He ran toward the secured room where Nicole and Tanaya Smith were visiting with the patient and all four of them used the card to flee the secure facility, the court document said.
Kingbird is facing a charge of robbery and both Smiths are accused of being accomplices to a robbery. All three face a maximum sentence of five years in prison if they are convicted.
Charges and arrest warrants were filed Wednesday but the three suspects were not in custody Thursday afternoon.