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Elderly woman escapes home invasion after being tied up, held at gunpoint

Posted at 4:07 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 11:04:10-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- A 77-year-old Broken Arrow woman fought for her life while being tied up and held at gunpoint during a home invasion early Wednesday morning.

As she stepped out of her bedroom early Wednesday morning, Wilma Harrison expected it was her cat making noise. Instead, a man with a hood over his head used an ax to break through the front door.

While holding a gun against her the suspect tied Harrison up. The homeowner said she wasn't scared, but she was unprepared for this.

"I did have a big dog but I had to put him asleep. I just have a cat, that's all I got now. And nothing alerted me that anybody was in the house," Harrison said.

Once the suspect was gone she took the door off its hinges, worrying she would not be able to crawl out the window. From there she walked for 15 minutes down the road for help.

"I had my cane but I was in the rain and I couldn't see too well, stepped in puddles of water I know I did. But I didn't want to go down the pasture of cow piles everywhere," Harrison said.

Harrison's son said he was disturbed by the suspect's parting words.

"What really sickens me was that someone would do this right before Christmas, break into someone's house and then tell them to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year while they're doing it before they leave... that's just sick," Allen Harrison said.

The homeowner did not lose much, but the man did take something of value.

"Well $750 that he took out of my purse. I had some in there that I was saving up for my property tax to pay for the end of the year. And he took that," Harrison said.

The suspect is still on the loose and the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation.

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