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2 suspects invade home, hit man with roofing hammer at metro apartment complex

BETHANY, Okla. - Police are investigating a violent home invasion in Bethany.

The victim was so afraid for his life that it took him two hours before he finally walked into the Bethany Police Department.

The man said two suspects showed up to his door around 7 a.m. on Sunday.

"They knocked on the door. There was an elderly gentleman who answered the door, and that's when they made entry into the apartment,” said Lt. Angelo Orefice with the Bethany Police Department.

The victim said he had no idea who the two armed men were.

"One of them had his face covered with a bandanna. He was armed with a baseball bat, and the second suspect was armed with a roofing hammer," Orefice said.

After the suspects were inside the home, they hit the man in the head with a hammer.

"He had punched the victim in the face and then, when the victim was on the ground, he hit him on the back of the head with a hammer,” Orefice said.

The two suspects, later identified as Preston Edwards and James Mcclain, left the home with more than $1,000 worth of property.

"Televisions, clothing, IDs, wallets, credit cards," Orefice said.

It didn't take long for Bethany police to catch up with the two alleged robbers.

The victim's roommate knew Edwards and, police said, wouldn't leave her alone.

"Basically, in essence, stalked by one of the guys and, once the victim was able to give a description to her over the phone, she gave us a name and, of course, I pulled up Facebook and he was able to positively identify Preston Edwards,” Orefice said.

Both men were caught at Green Carpet Inn on south MacArthur and taken to the Oklahoma County Jail on a list of charges including assault and battery with a deadly weapon, first-degree robbery and receiving stolen property.

The victim was treated for his head injury and released.

Police tell News 4 they were able to get most of the stolen property back except an ID, cash and a wallet.