A couple in Moore was assaulted during a home invasion and robbery, Moore police said. A man and woman were arrested shortly after the incident and were charged in Cleveland County District Court on Thursday.
Troy Gilbreath, 24, and Courtney Hale, 25, were arrested Wednesday after 7 p.m. at the Walmart on the corner of Southwest 4th Street and North Santa Fe Avenue.
According to police reports and court documents, Gilbreath and Hale were waiting outside a home in the 900 block of SW 4th Pl. to confront someone over $180 that was stolen.
After he “grew impatient,” police said Gilbreath knocked on the door of the home. When the 80-year-old female victim opened the door, Gilbreath forced his way in and twisted her arm in order to get her phone.
When the woman’s 77-year-old husband stood up, Gilbreath hit him in the head with the phone. The male victim needed two staples as a result of the injury, according to the probable cause affidavit.
“Anytime you see someone take advantage of someone like that it’s upsetting,” said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department.
Lewis said officers tracked the victim’s phone to the Walmart where they found Gilbreath and Hale. Officers found the phone near a trash can in the parking lot.
“We were able to get surveillance video of the female throwing the phone in the trash can,” he said.
Gilbreath was charged with robbery, burglary and aggravated assault. Hale was charged with accessory after the fact.
The probable cause affidavit said that Gilbreath later admitted to officers that he took the phone. He did not admit to breaking into the home or assaulting either victim.