Police are still searching for three suspects accused of holding a woman at gunpoint and prompting several school lockdowns.
It happened just before 9:30 a.m. near East Apache and North Pine, on Woodrow Place.
Officers say three men forced their way into a home FOX23 found is less than 2.5 miles from four schools.
Through the home’s backyard is Jackson Elementary, which is the direction police say two of the suspects ran in as officers arrived.
“Look out for a kid with a TV in his hands about 18 years old,” Dusten Downing told FOX23 that’s what police told him to watch for.
He was just starting his mail route up the street from where an elderly woman was held at gunpoint in her own home.
Tulsa Police Sgt. Justin Farley says it’s unusual for officers to work this type of crime so early in the morning.
“It’s pretty uncommon to get those, but in this case and in some cases, sometimes burglars will use a ruse.”
According to Sgt. Farley, burglars will ring the doorbell and even knock to see whether anyone is home, and if no one answers, they force their way inside.
“In this case, they did knock, they did ring the doorbell,” Sgt. Farley told FOX23. “[The victim] was in the back bedroom. it kind of startled here so she got up, and before she could do anything else she was confronted in her kitchen by one of the suspects.”
They took off running past Jackson elementary as police arrived, prompting TPS to put Jackson on lockdown along with nearby Celia Clinton, Springdale and Anderson elementary schools.
“They were all around the school and they said there were some unsavory characters around there and to keep my eyes out,” Downing said.
Officers searched for the three men, but say weather conditions kept the helicopter grounded and prevented k9 officers from picking up a track.
“Basically I’ve just been seeing them circling the neighborhood here,” Downing said of police efforts to find the suspects. “I’m keeping my eyes open for sure.”
Sgt. Farley said officers have recovered a small handgun and a computer that will be used to try to get fingerprints and any other useful evidence to find the men responsible.