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These April Fools Lucky to be Alive

By Durant Daily Democrat (OK)

Police are now investigating several home invasions in Durant as a possible April Fools' prank, although the suspects could still face robbery or burglary charges.

Tuesday evening, Southeastern Oklahoma State University sent out an advisory via text message, email and telephone, that warned of armed home invasions that had happened near the campus sometime in the previous 24 hours.

Durant Police said that early Tuesday morning, three attempted robberies had been reported and that the victims said four or five black males wearing all-black clothing and masks over their faces had knocked on front doors. When the people opened the door, the males forced their way in at gunpoint, made all the occupants go into the living room, and demanded money and cell phones, although nothing was taken.

Police also received reports of three additional attempts that occurred in the same area, during the same time frame, but when the occupants saw the men outside, they did not open their doors.

All of the incidents happened near the SE campus, including Shady Brook Apartments, Walnut Street and Olivia Street.

Wednesday's investigation revealed that the robberies were perhaps committed as a hoax, according to Detective Drew Hale, who said at least one suspect has been questioned.

"Right now the investigation is indicating that this was possibly an April Fools' joke," Hale said. "It did happen but some people are saying they did it as an April Fool's joke."

Regardless, Hale said a crime did occur and he expects charges to be filed although that decision will be made by District Attorney Emily Redman.

"At worst, robbery (charges)," Hale said. "If they (the victims) were in fear, then that fits a robbery."

Hale said burglary charges would be another possibility and that the case remains under investigation.

"If it is a prank, it is a really terrible prank," Hale said.


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  1. petercComment by peterc
    April 6, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Some prank! Great way to get your silly a$$ shot.

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  2. tomtComment by tomt
    April 6, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Not much of a defense!
    Just an April Fools Joke.
    Weak very weak defense.
    They will be on a long vacation in McAlister State Pen.

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  3. freedomforallComment by freedomforall
    April 6, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    I am glad it was an April fools joke… Let me see… We will only put you away for a couple days than…. April fools you really get the maximum time allowed just for being a dumb A_ _.

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    • my04301933Comment by my04301933
      April 6, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

      I like your comments…but , isn’t that how we got OBIMBO? April Fool???

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    • aretiredgiComment by aretiredgi
      April 7, 2013 @ 12:24 am

      My two German Shepherds love a good joke as much as anybody else until I give them the SHAKE command. Seems like the laughter kinda fades away then.

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