Home invasion spurs Alert Neighbor

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Updated: 3/22/2012 9:22 am Published: 3/21/2012 11:28 pm

Funeral services for an elderly woman beaten to death in a home invasion have been scheduled for Friday.

Eighty-five-year old Nancy Strait was killed in a home invasion on March 14th and her husband, 90-year old Bob Strait, was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

“I don't see him ever talking about this. I don't see it happening,” said Andra.

She doesn’t want to release her last name but said her father is home with her and she is taking care of his broken jaw and two broken ribs.

Police have arrested Tyrone Woodfork, 19, in connection to the home invasion; they are looking for four other potential suspects.

The crime scene tape is down and the patrol cars are gone from the north Tulsa neighborhood.

The families were still there and they say they haven’t forgotten what happened.

"It could have been my house and it could have been my four daughters in the home,” said Seth Bruton.

Bruton moved to the neighborhood a few months ago and since the attack has had a family talk.

"Me and my wife are thinking about getting our security turned back on,” said Bruton.

His girls are not allowed to play in the front yard anymore.

"My wife is little bit nervous,” said Bruton.

One week ago Bruton’s neighbors were brutally beaten by intruders.

The suspects made off with the elderly couple’s car, BB gun, and couple hundred dollars.

"We want to make sure everyone at home is safe and we want this neighborhood to feel safe,” said neighbor Myron Washington.

Neighbors have contacted the Crime Commission to learn more on being alert and trained to be the eyes and ears for police.

"We have to be able to communicate with each other so we can have a safer environment,” said Washington.

Neighbors that have lived on the block for years wished they had known their neighbors better and wish they could have done more.

They believe by being alert they can keep an another attack from happening in their community.

They want to know what they can do to keep crime from invading their neighborhood again.

"There is nothing we can do to stop someone from doing something wrong if they want to do it wrong but we have to see what we can do to be safe in our house and our homes,” said Washington.

The Crime Commission’s Alert Neighbor program is the busiest it has ever been.  The Crime Commission reports Alert Neighbor packets and meetings have surpassed this time last year.

Click on the attached link to learn how to become an Alert Neighbor.

Nancy Strait’s visitation will be at Floral Haven Chapel in Broken Arrow on Thursday from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Friday will be Mrs. Strait’s memorial at Floral Haven Chapel in Broken Arrow at 12:30 pm.

A trust has been set up in Bob and Nancy’s name at Arvest bank.

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