MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma County judge has set a Midwest City man’s bond at $2 million after he allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint.
Police say 18-year-old Antonio Pruitt broke into the victim’s home around 9 a.m. Saturday morning and forced the woman to load her belongings.
According to authorities he forced the victim to give him money, jewelry and guns.
Officers say Pruitt broke a window before he climbed over the victim’s husband, who has dementia and was sleeping at the time.
He then found the alleged victim in another room.
The victim, who has asked us not to use her name, tells us the masked man was standing in her bedroom the moment she woke up.
The victim said, “It’s just something you see on TV. It’s so unreal.”
MWC Chief of Police Brandon Clabes said, “We’ve got an individual that obviously doesn’t have any morals or values and doesn’t have any kind of regard to life itself.”
Police say the suspect was inside the home for at least a half hour.
The victim said, “He says, ‘I’ve been poor all my life and I’ve never had anything.’ I said, ‘You know I don’t have much my husband is old and sick and I’m retired.’”
The victim says Pruitt made numerous trips to his vehicle. It was during one of those trips she saw her chance to get away.
She said, “When I heard his voice I hit the garage door button and I ran out. I kept yelling help me, help me.”
A neighbor, who has asked to not be identified, said, “I seen her run out and say help me, help me, help me.”
That wasn’t all she saw.
The neighbor said, “I saw him grab her arm and force her back in the house.”
Afraid of what might happen if she ran outside, that woman instead called 911.
The neighbor said, “I felt helpless.”
Police responded, catching Pruitt as he pulled into his driveway just blocks away. Police say they found the victim’s belongings in the suspect’s vehicle.
The victim says it was terrifying. She’s glad to have a neighbor who wasn’t willing to ignore her calls for help.
The victim said, “I can’t thank her (the neighbor) enough because had it not been for her, I don’t know that I would be here today saying what I’m saying.”
Police say in August of 2013, Pruitt was arrested for his involvement in a rape case.
At the time of Saturday’s incident, he was out of jail on a more than $80,000 bond.
Midwest City police and the district attorney worked with a county judge over the weekend to get Pruitt’s bond set at $2 million.
Chief Clabes said, “It’s for the safety of the public because obviously Mr. Pruitt is a danger to the community.”