Suspects in Tulsa police custody after 5 men found beaten, robbed on west Tulsa's Katy Trail

TULSA - Five men are recovering from a near-death experience on a Tulsa running and cycling trail.

Tuesday morning, Tulsa police said 20-year-old Juan Cox and 17-year-old Travon William pistol whipped, shot, assaulted and robbed five men along West Tulsa's Katy Trail.

Police say the duo targeted homeless men starting at 5:45 a.m.

At 6:30 a.m., a man flagged down police after Cox and Williams shot him in the leg.

"I never saw them coming," said 30-year-old Byron, who has a busted lip, a swollen forehead and an open gash in his hair.

Byron says Cox and Williams put a gun to the back of his head then "popped" him in the back of the head with the pistol.

"I laid down, gave them what they wanted, they kicked me in the face," he said. "Then I saw an opportunity to run."

Byron ran as two bullets flew by him. He says the duo took his wallet, with a $600 paycheck inside.

Tulsa police say the robbers did the same thing to four other men, getting away with bikes, wallets and cell phones.

But now the pair is in jail. Officers arrested Cox on the trail and Williams a short time later.

Police suggest not wearing headphones on routes like Katy Trail, which can make hearing attackers much more difficult. And if you are assaulted, police say running is your best option.

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