Couple found severely beaten in Tulsa home

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 3/15/2012 10:06 am Published: 3/14/2012 5:37 pm

Tulsa police are investigating the violent beating of an elderly couple in their home Wednesday.

Police say they got a call just after 4 p.m. from a relative who found the couple injured in their home in the 3300 block of East Virgin Street.

Police say the door to their home had been kicked in. A 90-year old man and his 85-year old wife were severely beaten. EMSA officials say they are both in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital.

The suspects took several items from the home and the couple’s vehicle. Officers are looking for a red 2001 Plymouth Breeze, Oklahoma Tag 402GCV.

By Wednesday night, police said the man had regained consciousness, and was working with investigators to piece together what happened.

Relatives of the couple stopped by every day to check on the couple, and told police they were just fine as late as 6:30 Tuesday evening. Police say nobody can remember seeing the couple's vehicle after noon Wednesday, so investigators think the crime happened sometime Wednesday morning.

"It's a terrible crime," Capt. Dave Roberts, Tulsa Police Department, said. "They were beaten pretty severely."

"I think it's a shame," Dennis Harris, who lives down the street from the couple, said.

With no major leads, officers were going door to door Wednesday evening, asking neighbors if they saw anything.

"That's when I remembered seeing a car turn into their driveway earlier in the day," Duane Hennen, who lives across the street from the couple, said.

Police still aren't sure if that vehicle Hennen saw belonged to the attackers, or to Meals On Wheels volunteers who deliver food to the couple everyday.

"It's really worrying for not only the people involved, but for the many, many elderly people that live up and down this street," Hennen said.

Nobody seems to have any idea why the couple was targeted.

"It may have just been random," Roberts said. "We don't have any reason to believe anyone had anything against them or anything like that, or that they had done anything that led to them being targeted."

"It's just really tragic to see this," Hennen said. "It's terrible how old they are that someone would go to such an extent. You could hold this poor man down with one finger you wouldn't have to beat him half to death to rob him."

Police want anyone with information to call this tip line number 918-798-8477.

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wj3409 - 3/15/2012 9:16 PM
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Looks like everyone will have to install some type of system and bars everywhere on their homes just to be half way safe these days. i hope who did this gets put to death. Section 8 is to blame, 93% of those who do crimes like that live in a section 8 apartment or home.

strait family - 3/15/2012 6:07 PM
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The family has opened up a trust fund at Arvest Banks under the name 'Nancy Strait and Bob Strait Support Trust'. It would mean the world to the family if you could donate any money for support.

watchdog11 - 3/14/2012 11:33 PM
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Bless their hearts, I will pray for them.

wright8750 - 3/14/2012 10:44 PM
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They are going to kick in the wrong door and find themselves on the end of a gun. It will serve them right.

pandora - 3/14/2012 8:47 PM
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This couple probably would have given them what they wanted...with no need for violence! Probably the same person who robbed and assaulted the elderly gentleman at the Corner Cafe yesterday morning. Cowards if they have to prey on the elderly.Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

Tattooedmommy - 3/14/2012 8:33 PM
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What the hell is wrong with people! Why do people feel the need to prey on people that can't defend themselves very well! I hope they get the crap beat out of them! Prayers that they recover quickly.

ExNorthsider - 3/14/2012 6:47 PM
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OMG! How horrible! What kind of people/person could do such a thing? I hope and pray that the victims recover, and that the perpetrators are caught, before the victimize anyone else.
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