by: Ian Silver Updated:
TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police caught a man they say tried to break in several north Tulsa homes.
Phillip Jerald Smith spent his 26th birthday in the Tulsa County Jail.
Police said he tried breaking into two homes in the 2100 block of East Tecumseh in north Tulsa.
They said at the first house, a woman opened the front door to see what her dogs were barking at, when Smith apparently forced his way in, but left without taking anything.
He then tried to break into the back door of another house up the block, but that’s where police caught him.
“Me and my mom and my cousin, it’s very, very scary, because it’s 3:30 or 2:30 a.m.,” said Victor Gonzalez, a victim.
Gonzalez and his cousin frantically called 911; hoping police would show up before the person outside got in.
Despite the man partially breaking the door, Gonzalez never saw his face.
“Because, he is sitting right here with the face is over there, when he pushed the door, only like this. Don’t see in there,” he said.
Frances Bailey has gotten used to hearing sirens and seeing cops on her street over the 17 years she’s lived there.
“People’s just bringing it in. You know, there are good neighbors around here. But, you know, it’s not their fault,” she said.
But things continue to get worse, she said.
“Bad enough to move,” she said.
Which is what she plans to do soon.
Gonzalez still has no idea why Smith might have tried to break in.
“I don’t know what happened with him. Maybe, have drugs or something,” said Gonzalez.
FOX23 talked to a woman off camera who shares a child with Smith, who said he hears voices and has mental health issues.
She says Smith’s grandmother passed away last week, which really hit him hard. She told FOX23 that Smith had come and caused a disturbance at her house, also on Tecumseh, but took off when her relatives came to get him to leave.
She thinks Smith was paranoid they were going to hurt him, and was trying to hide inside those houses he was breaking into.
Phillip Smith is still being held in the Tulsa County Jail on $40,000 bond facing charges of first-degree burglary and attempted first-degree burglary.