The Norman Transcript

October 23, 2013

2 teens robbed at gunpoint

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A Norman mom feels nervous and is uncomfortable even going outside of her home after her 16-year-old son was robbed at gunpoint Sunday in their neighborhood.

The mother, who wanted to remain anonymous due to threats from the robbers, said this is the second time in about three years one of her sons was robbed at gunpoint near their home.

“The thing that really concerns me is it was not late at night,” she said. “It was when there was still a lot of activity and it was still light out.”

The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Lindsey Street, just before 24th Avenue Southeast by Brandywine Apartments. Her son and a friend were walking to 7-Eleven when the teens were approached by three black males, probably in their 20s, she said.

Two of the men were about 5 foot 7 inches, and one was about 5 foot 11 inches.

“The taller one of the three held the gun barrel to my son’s chest,” the mother said, adding that the person pulled it back and chambered the gun, asking for their wallets.

Her son’s friend, 15, didn’t have his wallet on him, so they took his iPhone and then threatened the two.

“They said, ‘If you go to the police, we’re going to come and get you,’” she said.

Now she’s concerned if the men who robbed her son lived nearby, they could have seen the police car outside of their home. The mother said officers told her they had a feeling the suspects’ description matched individuals they know.

At the moment the teens were robbed, she said the two had just seen someone go in their house and no cars were in the street.

“It was not late at night. That was very gutsy to be doing that early,” she said. “It’s emboldened and concerning.”

Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said all of the victims and suspects involved are juveniles and the incident is under investigation.

Her oldest son also was robbed within sight of their house about three years ago, she said. The description of all three suspects sounds the same as the three who robbed her oldest son, as well.

“We don’t know if those people have ever been apprehended. We never had closure on that,” the mother said.

She said now she’s thinking about starting a neighborhood watch group.

Jessica Bruha