Broken Arrow police arrest 2 for home invasion
By John Dobberstein, Editor
Broken Arrow police said they've arrested 2 men in connection with a 1st-degree home invasion early Tuesday.
Around 12:30 a.m., police responded to a house in the 3400 block of W. Norman Place for an alarm. The victim, who lives alone, said two armed men wearing dark clothing and ski masks broke into his home, walking into his bedroom and struck him in the face with a firearm.
The men then unsuccessfully tried to put zip ties on the victim before leaving the residence.
Police responding to the scene were able to locate a vehicle in the area matching the description from the victim. Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over but the driver failed to yield anf fled, reaching speeds of 90-95 mph. The suspects' vehicle crashed at the intersection of Albany Street and N. Aspen Avenue. Both men fled on foot.
Officers arrested Ray Villalba, 20, in a nearby field without incident for 1st-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.
Shortly after, officers located the second suspect, 24-year-old Elijah Titone, who was hiding inside the locked gate of a local business. He was arrested for 1st-degree burglary, felony eluding, possession of a firearm while committing a felony and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle used in the home invasion was reported stolen out of Tulsa. A Tulsa Police Department report referencing the vehicle states the victim of that theft had been zip tied, blindfolded with tape, all while at gunpoint. Officers discovered two ski masks and zip ties in the vehicle after the crash.
The Broken Arrow Police Department has been communicating with the Tulsa Police Department regarding this arrest and evidence discovered.