BAPD: Home invasion suspects tried to zip tie victim, caught after police chase

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Two men have been arrested following a home invasion in Broken Arrow.

According to a release from the Broken Arrow Police Department, officers responded to a home on West Norman Place after an alarm was tripped.

Broken Arrow Police Public Information Officer Ethan Hutchins told FOX23 it happened early Tuesday morning.

“It was early, around 12:30 a.m. and our officers responded to the house because the victim had called saying two men [broke] into his house,” he said.

When officers arrived, the victim said two armed men broke into his house, walked into his bedroom, and hit him in the face with a gun.

Both men were wearing dark clothing and ski masks. The victim said they tried to place him in zip ties before they left.

The victim lived alone.

“At the end of the day, you have two individuals, and two young men, trying to forcefully get into a house and hurt an individual,” said Hutchins. “The fact that our officers were able to respond to the house and locate the individuals is a big success to get them off the streets.”

Officers were able to track down the men thanks to the victim’s description of their car. They tried to pull the car over, but the driver sped up.

Speeds reached 90 miles per hour before the driver crashed near West Albany Street and North Aspen Avenue. Despite the high-speed crash, both men ran away from the car.

Officers were able to capture both men and take them into custody. The car used by the men was reported stolen from Tulsa.

The driver of the car reported that he was zip tied and blindfolded at gunpoint.

Ray Villalba, 20, will be charged with first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Elijah Titone, 24, was found hiding near a business. He will be charged with first-degree burglary, felony eluding, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a stolen vehicle.