Wheelchair-Bound Man Set on Fire During Oklahoma City Home Invasion

Monday, December 7th 2009, 10:54 am
By: News 9

By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Police say they have very little suspect information since two of the three suspects were wearing ski masks.

Kenneth Fletcher can't believe what happened right across the street. His neighbors terrorized in a home invasion.

"Surprising, we usually don't have a lot of that around here," Fletcher said.

Police say it happened in the Oklahoma City home shortly after 1 a.m.

"The mother, 66 years of age, answered the door," said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Patrick Stewart. "Individual said he had accidentally run into her vehicle, so she went and retrieved her jacket. As she came back to the front door he had stepped in partially, struck her in the face knocking her to the ground."

Police say Lenora Hurd and her son, 45-year-old Darryl Bonner, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, were then tied up with a phone cord. The suspects demanded drugs and money.

"They threatened to catch him on fire with some rubbing alcohol they retrieved from the bathroom," said Stewart. "Ultimately they poured that on the mid-section and did light him on fire."

A neighbor, Debbie Jackson, wants something done to make her neighborhood safer. She'd like more street lights, but for now she's offering her support for her neighbor.

"She's very shook up," said Jackson. "To watch your son go through something like that in your own home and to be done that way and have guns pointed at you, come on, you know, I think everybody shook up with a heart. This has to stop."

Police still aren't sure if this was a random crime or if the victims knew their attackers.

Darryl Bonner, has second and third-degree burns on 12 percent of his body, but is expected to be fine.

Darryl Bonner has had previous drug and gun convictions.

No arrests have been made.