ENID, Okla. — An Enid home is invaded by gun-toting suspects who eventually make an admission to the homeowner that he describes as “mind-boggling.”
Daniel Hokanson was asleep just after midnight Monday when his back door was kicked in on the 4100 block of S. Van Buren.
He said four or five men came rushing in, pointing a gun at several of his family members.
They then asked a strange question.
Hokanson said, “They kept hollering, ‘Where’s the stuff? Where’s the stuff?’”
He said no one knew what they were talking about.
The men went into Hokanson’s daughter’s room and demanded her cell phone as well as her friends’ cell phones.
A police report stated one suspect “told them if they did not smile, someone would get hurt, so they smiled at the male.”
Even more bizarre, Hokanson said they soon discovered they had broken into the wrong house.
“One of the gentleman had asked, ‘What’s your name?’ And I told him my name and he’s like, ‘This is the wrong house’ and ran out the door,” he said.
Hokanson said he chased after the men on foot then in his car until they wrecked their vehicle down the road and fled on foot.
“I was to the point where my adrenaline was so high and I was mad,” Hokanson said. “Nobody is going to kick in my back door and scare my family. Nobody.”
It’s a reaction Enid police do not recommend.
“Definitely we don’t advise chasing after suspects with guns, especially if nobody was hurt,” Sgt. Dustin Albright said. “You know, you can get back property.”
Albright said 22-year-old Joseph Felton Jr. showed up at their headquarters hours later with a relative, trying to get back his impounded car.
He admitted to being the getaway car driver and was arrested.
Felton was arrested for first-degree burglary and robbery with a firearm.
He is from Dallas and Albright said he was convicted of robbery there in 2009.
“I don’t like the way it makes me feel,” Hokanson said of the home invasion. “My kids are so scared to sleep at night. My daughter won’t even go to bed unless she’s in my room.”
Police were given three suspect descriptions, all of whom were black males wearing white shirts and bandannas.
Investigators are still looking into their motive and are asking the public to call them with any information on their location.