Tulsa man helps crime victim

Friday, December 30th 2005, 9:55 am
By: News On 6

An 18-year-old Hispanic man, who was robbed just six days before Christmas, got an unexpected surprise Friday.

A Good Samaritan who heard the victim's story on the News on 6, wanted to replace the money that was taken during the home invasion. Because the donor wanted to remain anonymous, News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright delivered the gift.

The News on 6 asked Tulsa Police officer Mike Avey to go with us to Jose Manuel Bojorquez-Robles' apartment to act as interpreter. Jose works all night and gets his sleep during the day. He'd just cashed a $600 paycheck on December 19th when someone knocked on his front door around noon.

When Jose' answered, two men and a woman rushed in. The men hit him while the woman went through his pants' pockets. She took the $600 and his cell phone. The whole thing took only a couple of minutes, Jose' immediately called police.

Officer Mike Avey: "She just knocked on the door and they pushed their way in."

Tulsa has had a string of home invasion robberies like this and most of the victims targeted are Hispanic. Tulsa Police don't know how the robbers know when the victims have cash on them. Jose' says he can identify the three people who robbed him. Robbery detectives have suspects in mind, but haven't made any arrests.

In the meantime, Jose' is overwhelmed that someone actually wanted to give him the $600 he had stolen along with another $200 to replace his cell phone. Officer Mike Avey: "He said he's very grateful for the help and the money. He really needs it."

Jose plans to use the money to pay for his rent and to buy food. He says it's a lifesaver for someone struggling to make a life.

If you have any information about Jose's robbery on South Fulton Avenue, you can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS.

Jose has already used the money to pay his bills, so he won't become a target again.