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Man wrestles burglars in home invasion


BETHANY, Okla. — Authorities have arrested two suspects in a Bethany home invasion, 28-year-old Fernon Nelson and 26-year-old Shane Lott.

For 68-year-old Allen Oakley, it was going to be another relaxing Monday night but that changed in a flash at his home in the 6800 block of N.W. 53rd St. in Bethany. 

He said a man knocked on the door asking for “Mary” and then came back with another guy.

“Then, all of a sudden, ‘whack’ in the head,face and then he pushed me into the house,” he said. “We wrestled on the floor and finally I got up and pushed him away. I was fighting with the tall guy and the other guy was ransacking the other rooms.”

Oakley said he had a worker at his house recently who had a girlfriend named Mary; he thinks there may be a connection.

“They did not find Mary. Mary is not there. They did not believe me.”

When Oakley got away, he ran to the neighbor’s house.

“As I did, I was next door pounding loudly, ‘call the police’. When they heard that I guess they took off.”

His neighbors took action quickly once the ruckus started and called 911.

Oakley lost a tooth and gained may cuts and bruises but still has a sense of humor and some advice.

“Make sure to look out who’s at the door. If you don’t know them, don’t answer the door. Also, make sure your gun is loaded,” he said.

Witnesses said the suspects were driving a new red Ford Focus with a paper tag.