Elderly Couple Found Badly Beaten In North Tulsa Home


Wednesday, March 14th 2012, 6:11 pm
By: News On 6


Tulsa Police are looking for the attackers who broke into an elderly couple's home and beat both of them.

It happened in the 3300 block of East Virgin Street in Tulsa.

Family members say 90-year-old Bob Strait and his 85-year-old wife, Nancy, were fine Tuesday evening.  A family member found the front door kicked in and the two victims badly beaten Wednesday afternoon. 

EMSA says it took both victims to the hospital in serious condition. 

Tulsa police spent the late afternoon Wednesday interviewing neighbors for clues, hoping for a lead to whomever would beat up an old couple and leave them for dead.

"It's terrible – there is no other word to describe it. We're doing everything that we can think of doing to try to catch the person that did this, first to find out who it was, and then try to get them in custody as soon as we can," said Tulsa Police Captain Dave Roberts.

The victims are well liked in the neighborhood where they lived for decades.

"They were very good people. You couldn't meet a nicer person. Have you heard that old statement: man amongst men? That's what he was," said neighbor Roosevelt Russell.

Police believe the attack was mid-day Wednesday, meaning the couple may have been laying there all afternoon before their family found them.

"I can't think of nicer people this could have happened to. They were just as nice as can be. You couldn't ask for nicer neighbors," said neighbor Ronald Hinnen.

Police say the victims were so badly hurt they were unable to speak to officers.  At last check, the male victim was conscious. The current condition of the female victim is not known.

Tulsa Police are looking for two vehicles, one driven by the attackers and one belonging to the victims.  Police say the attackers also stole items from inside the home.

The attackers' vehicle is a late-model maroon SUV, missing a hubcap on its right rear wheel. The victim's vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Neon, reddish orange in color and has an Oklahoma license tag of 402GCV.

Police have not released a description of the attackers yet.  

If you have any information that would lead to arrest of the attackers, call 918-596-COPS.