Two arrested in kidnapping, murder

Beverly Bryant - April 24, 2017 8:17 pm

Special agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation  and investigators with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department have arrested two people on complaints of  murder in the first degree and kidnapping.

Matthew Onesimo Armstrong,  27, and Nicholas Earl Faulkner, 30, are believed to have tied a woman to a tree in a wooded area near 13251 NS 363 Road in Seminole County on April 17, investigators said.

Investigators said the men believed the woman had stolen drugs and money from Armstrong and hidden them in the woods. When Nichole Owl could not tell Armstrong where she hid the stolen items, he shot her several times, killing her.

Armstrong, Faulkner, and a third individual are believed to have buried Owl near where she was shot. That third individual reported the crime to investigators the next day.

On April 19, OSBI crime scene agents and archeologists with the medical examiner’s office and the University of Oklahoma excavated Owl’s body.

OSBI agents arrested Armstrong and Faulkner at Armstrong’s home in Wewoka. Armstrong’s father , Jimmy Armstrong, was also arrested at his home in Wewoka on a complaint of a felon in possession of a firearm. Matthew Armstrong borrowed the gun from his father he used to kill Owl, investigators said.

The OSBI, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, District 22 Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Seminole Nation Lighthorse Police Department assisted with the search warrants, arrest of the suspects, and search for the gravesite.



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