OKLAHOMA CITY — Two people have been arrested after they allegedly broke into a northeast side home, stole several items and beat a man with a hammer. It happened just after midnight Wednesday at a home near N.E. 23rd and N. Broadway.
"You never really feel safe after something like that happens, especially like in your own home,” Slade Taylor told News 4.
Taylor said it started with a night with friends on his front porch and then spiraled into a life-threatening situation.
"Me and a few friends were out here, and they were smoking cigarettes, and we came to go inside, and I guess they had like parked on the corner right there and I don't know if they were like watching or waiting,” he said.
Taylor is talking about Montie Washington and Deedra Coleman.
"As we were going inside, they came up behind us and kind of just like forced their way in, and they started demanding money, trying to just like intimidate us,” he said.
Washington was allegedly armed with a hammer and started striking Taylor’s roommate several times.
According to a police report, the two crooks got away with an Xbox, several Xbox games, an IPhone 10 XR, Taylor’s wallet that had $400 in cash inside and several bank cards.
"Officers put out information regarding the suspects, and another officer happened to be driving, basically, right behind the suspects, saw them in their vehicle, pulled them over and booked them into jail,” said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Neighbors who were home at the time of the robbery were shocked to hear what happened.
"That is crazy, really calls for concern, somebody getting beat with a hammer, wow,” Ted Coleman, who lives next door, said.
As for Taylor and his roommate, they’re doing whatever they can, like keeping the doors locked at all times to, hopefully, prevent something like this from happening again.
"People need to make better decisions. You know, if you're hurting, you know, it's better to ask people for help, or, there are other routes than violence,” he said.
Washington was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on several charges including burglary in the first degree, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Coleman was booked into jail on one count of burglary in the first degree and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.