12-Year-Old Tied Up, Held At Gunpoint During SW OKC Home Invasion

Monday, July 27th 2020, 4:18 pm

Oklahoma City police are investigating a home invasion in southwest Oklahoma City that left a family in fear for their lives.

The victims reported the four armed suspects demanded they pay a $10,000 debt.

A 12-year-old boy was the first person to come face-to-face with the intruders.

“All of the sudden, one of the men broke in and tied me up,” said Yahel Albazam, home invasion victim.

Albazam and his family are still in shock they were targeted by the suspects. The 12-year-old boy said a masked man held a gun to his back.

“I was scared of having a gun pointed at me, but I tried to stay as calm as I could,” said Albazam.

He said they were looking for $10,000 the boy's father owed them and other valuables. The victim could hear his younger sisters and grandmother screaming in another room.

The suspects also went after his grandfather. He still had scars on his head and elbow from the attack.

“They jumped him,” said Albazam. “Hit him two times in the head with a gun and tied him up with zip ties and had his head down and threw him to the truck.”

His grandfather managed to get away and ran to neighbors for help. Several of the neighbors called 911, but they were not sure why he was tied up.

Caller: "There’s a guy out here going door-to-door around my neighborhood. His hand is locked with like lock tie straps. I don’t know if he took off running from somebody or what but he’s trying to get somebody to undo his hands.”

The armed intruders left through a fence in the backyard and were gone when police showed up.

“Investigators are still trying to piece together whether or not the people who were in there actually knew the person they were looking for,” said Master Sgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “Or if this was some type of random act.”

The suspects got away with jewelry, watches, a wallet and everyone's phones.