Juvenile robs homeowner with kids at gunpoint in north Tulsa


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 12/29/2013 3:50 pm Published: 12/28/2013 9:48 pm


An alleged teenage thief is behind bars tonight, accused of burglarizing a house and then robbing the homeowner at gunpoint.

Police say it all happened just before 6 yesterday evening in a neighborhood near Virgin and North Sheridan in north Tulsa.

Only on Fox23 News, we're hearing from the victim.

FOX23 wanted more information, so we went the victim's house.

Imagine turning down your street and seeing the door to your home open, only to have a gun pulled on you and your kids moments later.

The man who owns the home tells FOX23 he never thought he'd find himself in that situation.

A "welcome" mat sits outside his door, but Sherrick Cox encountered an unwelcome guest Friday evening.

"I noticed that my front door there was open, so I kind of proceeded cautiously to pull in my driveway," Cox said.

Seconds later, he saw a teenage boy come out of his house, carrying his TV.

The suspect spotted the homeowner and Cox explained what happened next.

"He ran up on my car, pulled a gun out on me and my boys," Cox said.

Cox says he gave the teen his wallet and asked him not to hurt the kids.

"He made me load my big TV that he was bring out into his truck," Cox said.

A truck Cox described as a blue and silver Dodge.

We asked, "Was he holding the gun to you at this point?"

Cox replied, "Yea he basically had it at my back."

Cox said the thief led him into his bedroom and made him load another TV.

"I picked it up and he followed me back outside. I threw it in the back of his truck and he sped away," Cox explained.

He also took Cox's Xbox.

But less than two hours later, Cox says he saw the teen again.

Police later identified the teen, but it's unclear if he will be charged as an adult.

Police tell me they pulled him over in that same Dodge truck at Apache Road and North Harvard.
A truck they say was reportedly stolen just on Christmas Eve, from a neighborhood here near Pine and north Mingo.

Cox says he identified the teen and he was arrested.

"I'm glad he didn't shoot me or do anything rash because he certainly had the opportunity," Cox said.

Even more than that, Cox told FOX23 he's glad the thief didn't hurt his kids.

Police tell us the smell of marijuana was on the teen when they arrested him.

They also say the pistol he had was stolen as well.

Marshall is being held on over $80,000 bond.



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