Man survives violent home invasion and lives to warn others


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/21/2013 10:12 am Published: 11/20/2013 8:04 pm


A robber broke into a Tulsa home, held a man at gunpoint, tied him up and then took his credit cards.

Now, Russell Thorngren and Elizabeth Hughes face charges connected to this crime.

The victim narrowly escaped from the home near 35th and Memorial in east Tulsa and later shared his story with FOX23.

It was Saturday around lunchtime when Tom McCarver decided to come home for lunch.
Leaving his garage door open like he always does, he went inside and sat down to work at his computer.

"I heard a noise and I heard my back door shut and I walked around the corner, and as I got around the corner a man stood up behind my island and he said, 'Get down, get down,' and then he pointed a gun," says McCarver.

Petrified, McCarver did what he said.

"He told me to put my hands behind my back and he started zip tying my hands together. And he had the gun to the back of my head and he said something to the effect of that he didn't have anything to lose, "says McCarver.

Not feeling confident in the zip ties, the robber found something else to make sure Tom was secured.

Lying on the cold tile, Tom tells FOX23 he thought this was it and that he would die during this home invasion.

When the man began walking down the hall looking for more money – Tom was able to twist up to his feet and took off out of the garage door.

"I just took off running to the neighbors with me and the lamp and my hands tied behind me," he says.

A short time later, police said Elizabeth Hughes was captured on surveillance using Tom's credit card at a local Walmart. He's now out about $1,200.

Police believe Thorngren is the man who robbed Tom and took numerous items including his wallet, cellphone, money clip and a set of keys.

Both Thorngren and Hughes were arrested and booked into the Tulsa county jail on numerous complaints.

"You can't describe the feeling. It's just uh, it's been tough," says McCarver.

Police say thieves will always look for an open garage door to gain easy access into homes. That's why it's so vital that they be kept closed.

Officers arrested Thorngren on suspicion robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of first-degree burglary and an outstanding felony warrant. Hughes was arrested on suspicion of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of first-degree burglary and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.



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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of KOKI FOX23 - Tulsa

Gregg777 - 11/21/2013 12:09 PM
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document.getElementById("Fox doesnt put much effort into editing, you should read the story "Store owner catches thief trying to sale stolen phones back to him", sell? sale? sail? cell?).style.color="#ff0000";

Steve In Tulsa - 11/20/2013 8:35 PM
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Do they actually teach journalism these days? What the hell is "then past off his credit cards" if not complete failure to communicate? One normally passes one's credit cards. And what passes is not exactly past so much as passed. Where is the editor?

karlschneider - 11/20/2013 8:26 PM
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Send the perp over here to my house for a visit...I'll save the state many thousands of dollars and won't even charge them for the 84 cent bullet.
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