Good Samaritan Attacked Allegedly By Those He Helped

Tuesday, June 30th 2009, 12:06 pm
By: News On 6

By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A man known for his acts of kindness is trying to recover after being victim to a terrifying home invasion.  Those who know Robert Cox say he is all about giving people a second chance, but police say the Good Samaritan was shot in the jaw by some of the very people he has helped.

The bullet went through his neck and into his shoulder and detectives say he's in pretty bad shape following surgery.

Robert Cox moves things for a living.  He's especially well known in the circle of estate and antique sales.  He was the man everyone hired to move items into place for a sale and afterward for the people who bought them.

He often hired day laborers to help.  People who might otherwise have a tough time getting a full time job, for various reasons.  He believed everyone should be treated with kindness.

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"He always believed in giving people second chances, even third and fourth chances. He's never given up on the human spirit, always been tried and true and believes there's good in everybody," said Cox's friend, Chuck Courtney.

Police say three men in masks went into Cox's home, tied him up, shot him and stole some items from his house, including a safe.  Cox was able to tell police he believed it was a former employee.

"If somebody would've asked him, if they needed $100 for whatever, he would've given it to them.  There wouldn't have been a question.  This didn't have to happen," said Cox's friend, Chuck Courtney.

Officers arrested 17-year-old Brayan Salazar, aka Donkey Kong and 17-year-old Alexis Magana, who also goes by Shadow.  Police say Cox was able to identify them from a photo line-up, even though he's not able to speak.

His friends are just anxious for him to pull through this.

"I'm sure once he gets well again, he'll be right back out there, doing exactly what he was doing before, still giving second chance to people. He may be more cautious, but it's not going to break his spirit," said Cox's friend, Chuck Courtney.

Police are still looking for the third suspect.

Robert Cox is 44 and since he won't be able to work for some time, his friends have established the Robert Cox Donation Fund at the Bank of Oklahoma.