Family Grateful For Rogers County Dispatcher After Man Tries To Break Into Home

A Rogers county family is in shock after a man tried to kick in their front door. The family says forever grateful to the 911 dispatcher who helped keep them calm.

Monday, March 20th 2023, 1:29 pm



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A Rogers county family is in shock after a man tried to kick in their front door.

Rogers County deputies say Courtney Williams first ran from the scene of a hit-and-run crash and ended up at the Swinneys early Friday morning. Sheriff Scott Walton says Courtney Williams tried to break down an innocent family's door. About a quarter mile away from their house, deputies found Williams's car on the turnpike, where it ran out of gas.

The Swinneys were sound asleep when they woke around 1 a.m. to their worst nightmare.

"I kept hearing bang bang and it just was reverberating through the walls," said Jennifer Swinney.

Jennifer ran to the living room and looked at the door.

"It was being pushed in and I grabbed the door and shoved against it and I screamed at my husband that it was the door," said Swinney.

The arrest report says Courtney Williams didn't know where he was or where he'd come from and kept changing his story, first saying, he was on his way to visit family in Tulsa, then saying, he was on his way to work.

"He said I just need water. I'm hurt. I was in a car accident," said Swinney. "My husband kept yelling if you don't back away I will shoot you."

"By this man's grace and the grace of God, he wasn't shot. Certainly, our homeowner would have been well within his rights. This guy's in his castle and we've got our knucklehead out here trying to kick the door down," said Sheriff Scott Walton, RCSO.

Sheriff Walton says Williams told deputies he saw lights and was trying to get in. He says OHP had already contacted Rogers County, asking for help to find a man and car that had been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Vinita near the Turnpike gate.

"It showcases the medicated, under the influence society that we deal with," said Sheriff Walton.

Jennifer says her husband keeps second-guessing himself and their kids are still so terrified they can't sleep.

"They both asked if we could move," said Swinney.

She's forever grateful to the 911 dispatcher.

"She was amazing.... she really helped calm me down when I got really upset," said Swinney.

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