Robbers force man to help load his belongings onto their SUV

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 7/10/2013 5:35 pm Published: 7/10/2013 3:39 pm

Tulsa police said a violent armed robbery in east Tulsa left a couple battered and bruised.

It happened around 5 a.m. on Wednesday in a neighborhood just northeast of 21st and Garnett. Police said three people were inside the home at the time.

Police said the couple noticed two men on a surveillance camera outside their house. They said when the couple went outside one of the men asked for a cigarette and then forced their way inside the house.

Justin Phillips and his girlfriend, Erica Tate, were not prepared for the two men who came bursting into their home Wednesday morning.

"I felt totally helpless and I didn't know what was going to happen," said Tate.

Tulsa police said the two men used a gun to threaten the couple into doing what they wanted.

Tate was sitting right on the couch when the man fired at her head putting a bullet hole right through their couch."

"They had a gun straight to my head and pulled the trigger and when they pulled the trigger, the bullet, I could feel it glaze my ear," she said.

Startled but OK, Tate said he grabbed a blanket and hid underneath it while the two men ransacked their house.

The couple told FOX23 the men stole three TVs, several laptops, their cellphones and $1,000 in cash.

Phillips said the men argued with him and then one of the men hit him hard in the face.

"He punched me right in the mouth and he knocked my front teeth back and split my mouth open," said Phillips.

Police said the men made Phillips load his own stuff into their black Dodge Durango.

The couple admitted this used to be a house where drugs were sold, but officers raided it in March and the couple said they are working to clean up their lives.

Police said the men left evidence behind, including shell casings, fingerprints and cigarettes they smoked inside the house.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/11/2013 12:27 AM
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You have suspicious activity on your surveillance monitor CALL THE FRIGGIN POLICE if you suspect criminal activity. That's what they are for.

Mayor Maynot - 7/11/2013 12:12 AM
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DNA in the cigarettes where the slimy bastiches left their spit
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