91-year-old robbed in Durant

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

DURANT, OK-- Tommy Craft has lived in his Durant home since the 1950s. He said in his 91 years, he's never experienced something like this.

"I hadn't gone to sleep and the door bell rang, somewhere around 11:00 or a little after, and a gentleman was standing out there and wanted to use the phone."

Craft let the man into his house on Baltimore Street Sunday night when the man told him he was stranded and needed help.

"So I pulled out a $20 bill, so he can get some gas, I had a $5, I figured that wouldn't do any good, so I gave him a $20. And he said he wanted it all, so I gave it to him."

"As he started talking with Mr. Craft, he brandished a knife and demanded money. So Mr. Craft went to his bedroom and the man followed him. Mr. Craft said he was in the resident for about 45 minutes to an hour, looking through all his stuff," said. Detective Brian Chavez, Durant Police Department.

The suspect threatened Craft with a knife and then went through Craft's home, taking several items. He told Craft not to look out the door when he left because he also had a gun and would shoot him.

The suspect is wanted for first degree robbery. He's described as a white man, in his 20s, with a medium build and about 160 pounds.

"I figured if I kept calm and let him be boss while I was here, I would be alright," Craft said.

Craft hopes the police catch the man and justice is served before another innocent victim is hurt.

He's keeping his sense of humor, but said he's also learned a lesson.

"After 9:00 don't open the door for anybody. (laughing) Just call the police and let them come. That's the only advice I got."

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