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Waurika man recounts overnight home invasion

WAURIKA, Okla._An elderly couple in Waurika was robbed at knifepoint in their home overnight. They were not hurt, but police are still searching for the robbers.

The homeowner used his cellphone to call police around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after realizing the intruder had cut the lines to his home phone. The robber also removed the bulbs from the security lights outside, after ransacking his home and shed.

Police Chief Gary Whittington says they are in the beginning stages of the investigation. They are not sure who is responsible or how they may have gotten inside the home. The homeowner is still pretty shocked about last night's events.

"You don't expect it to happen to you. That's something that happens to other people. You see it on TV in the big cities, not in this little town," said Jack Wilkerson, the man who was robbed.

Wilkerson has lived in the home on Pine Street since 1994. Monday night, after going to bed, he and his wife had a terrifying awakening.

"I realized the light was on in the bedroom and I finally opened my eyes thinking my wife was up. When I focused, a man with a black ski mask with a knife was standing in front me. He said, ‘Lay still old man,’" Wilkerson explained.

Wilkerson says the intruder was asking for drugs and money, and then noticed a safe. When the intruder wasn't looking, Wilkerson says he got up out of the bed. The intruder turned around with the safe in hand and Wilkerson knocked it out of the intruder's hands.

"He dropped it and turned away and ran," Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson says he then grabbed his gun.

"The safety was on and it didn't fire. They got away in a dark colored pickup. It seems like it took a long time, but I know it was quick," he said.

Wilkerson then called police. They searched the home to make sure no one was hiding inside. Wilkerson says it looks like the intruder started prowling in his shop in the backyard before entering his home.

"I think he probably reached through the doggy door and reached the handled to unlock it," Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson says due to the noise of oxygen and breathing machines that he wears while he sleeps, they were unable to hear anyone rummaging through their home. The intruder got away with a TV, a brand new air conditioning unit and a cell phone.

Wilkerson says he believes more than one person was involved and can only think of one reason they came to his home.

"Well, I think they knew we were an old couple and would be an easy target," he said.

Wilkerson says now he plans on taking steps that will hopefully keep another run in with an intruder from happening.

"I'll start sleeping with my gun under my pillow and not in my drawer. I won't be that far from my gun again ever," he said.

Wilkerson said his wife is still pretty shaken up from the invasion. Several family members have been there to keep them company while police look for the person involved.

Police say they are unsure how many people may be involved. They don't have a good description of the robber, only the getaway vehicle, which was a dark-colored extended cab pickup.

We asked the police chief about a chase that occurred around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday between Waurika and the Red River, but he could not confirm if that chase was connected to the home invasion.

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