Charges filed against auto-theft suspect accused of hiding from police in hotel storage room

A man who was arrested last week after reportedly barricading himself in a Tulsa hotel storage room was charged Monday with a variety of crimes.
Spencer James Scism, 39, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, identity theft, knowingly concealing stolen property, possession of a credit/debit card belonging to another person and resisting an officer.
Tulsa police officers who were looking for Scism found him on Aug. 2 at the Tulsa Inn & Suites in the 8100 block of East Skelly Drive, police said.
When he got into a 1999 Ford Explorer that was reported stolen and attempted to drive away, police tried to pull him over. He then jumped out of the vehicle, ran into the hotel lobby and barricaded himself in a storage room, police said.
Officers eventually deployed pepper spray to get him to come out.
The charges allege that Scism stole a man’s wallet and ID in addition to the SUV. He is accused of using the man’s identity to obtain merchandise from a pawn shop, according to court documents.
Scism was convicted between 1994 and 2011 of a dozen other offenses, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, knowingly concealing stolen property and numerous counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, records show.
He remains in the Tulsa Jail and is being held without bail.


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