Former Oklahoma Gov. George Nigh robbed outside home

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Seen on <a></a> When former Gov. George Nigh heard a voice behind him ordering him to "get on the ground and give me your wallet," his first thought was that even late at night, it had to be a neighbor having some fun. But then the 82-year-old civic leader turned to see a man shoving a gun only inches from his face, and he knew it was no joke. Nigh and his wife, Donna, were returning from a formal dinner about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when the robber apparently saw Nigh unloading a bouquet of flowers from the back seat while his wife headed toward the house. It's not the kind of thing that usually happens in the Quail Creek neighborhood, he said. "It was traumatic, particularly because my wife was there and she didn't know what was going on," Nigh said. "So I became more concerned about her." Nigh got on his knees while the robber called his wife to join him, the former governor said. As the couple kneeled with their backs to the robber, the man told Nigh to hand over his wallet and not to look at him, Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. Nigh told police held up his wallet, along with the $300 inside. "He took it and said, 'I'm leaving, don't follow me,' and he ran into the night," Nigh said. One of the first questions police asked when they arrived was whether Nigh thought the man knew who he was. "I don't think he did," the former governor said. "He didn't call me by name and he didn't use the words 'I'll get even with you,' or anything like that. Police think it was just random, and I don't feel there's anybody out to get me." Nigh said he couldn't remember a time when his life was ever directly threatened, much less the life of the former first lady. "When I became governor, I told my security that if there ever was a death threat on me whatsoever, they were not to tell me about it," he said. "I didn't want to know about it because I was not going to change my venue over something like that. Now there were several times when we were at something and extra security would show up, which was a clue. But during my eight years, I don't really remember any death threats." The gunman was described as a heavy-set black man about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and wearing a light gray sweatsuit with a baseball cap, according to the report. Officers and a K-9 unit searched the area near the house in the 3000 block of Hackberry Road, but police were unable to locate the robber. Nigh first served as governor for nine days in January 1963 when, as lieutenant governor, he became governor upon the resignation of Gov. J. Howard Edmondson. Nigh was elected governor in 1978 and re-elected in 1982. He later served as president of the University of Central Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma City , OK
Coordinates: 35° 35' 39.1488" N, 97° 35' 9.816" W
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 10:15pm
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