3 arrested in attempted Jenks home invasion

Posted at 7:27 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 20:27:11-05

Neighbors in one Jenks neighborhood are still reeling after burglars shot at a homeowner early Wednesday morning.

Jenks police say they have three people in custody who they believe are connected to the crime that happened in the cul-de-sac off of 91st and Elwood.

Police arrested Dareone Ferguson, Jordan Gastel and Chade Burns after they led officers on a chase near 61st and Lewis in Tulsa.

Officers and neighbors alike say they've never seen anything like this happening in their neighborhood before. It's got many thinking twice when it comes to protecting themselves.

Kelly Howard says the neighborhood she calls home is normally a quiet place. But that changed Wednesday when neighbors learned the criminals were on the run.

“Yeah that was really scary, because, back behind my house is that open area too. When I heard it, I thought, if they're leaving on foot, they're going to be going this way,” said neighbor Kelly Howard.

The three men took off in a maroon car after, police say, they were able to get inside one homeowner's car and find a garage door opener.

But when they opened the garage, they were met face to face with the homeowner.

They fired a shot at him, missed, and that's when officers say the homeowner fired back. One bullet hit a home across the street.

“I was thinking maybe it was because of Christmas, but for them to actually open the garage door up and have a gun, I mean that's really scary,” said Howard.

Jenks police says criminals this brazen aren't the norm in this area.

“This type of incident rarely, if ever, happens in Jenks. In fact, I can't think of any other incident like this that's occurred in my tenure here,” said Jenks Police Commander Paul Rinkel. “This was just a crime of opportunity, most crimes are, and they just picked this particular street and this particular house for some reason.”

Now many neighbors in the area, including Howard, are making sure they're not next.

“It makes you think, well I’m going to go get my concealed weapon carry license and actually know how to use it. That's something that's really weighed heavy on my mind,” she said.

Jenks police say they're still trying to piece together what happened. They say the homeowner involved isn't facing any charges, and they believe they have their men.

“With the information that we have now, we have no reason to believe that anyone is in any danger and that these suspects are in custody,” said Commander Rinkel.

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