Police: Man hogties burglar, leaves him for cops

Man left to go to work

A burglary suspect got quite the surprise Wednesday morning. Police say Robert Cole tried to break into a home, but ended up hogtied in the front yard.

The picture is making its way around the Internet. Police say Cole was bum-rushed and hogtied by the homeowner, after he tried to break in to the house in the 2600 block of East 54th Street North in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"He's like a superhero," said Denay Houston.

She said she is awfully proud of her husband and how this would-be burglar ended up.

"I got adrenaline running through me like nobody's business right now, and being nine months pregnant doesn't help any," Houston said.

It all started when the Houstons heard the glass break outside their daughter's bedroom around 6 o'clock Wednesday morning.

"That folding chair was in her bedroom, shattered glass all over the place, and I said, 'A raccoon didn't do that.' And he was just like, 'Oh God,'" Houston said.

They heard rustling inside the garage and Houston's husband went to the front door.

"And then he waited for him to come out and then he bum-rushed him," she said.

He did more than just bum-rush him--her husband tied Robert Cole's hands and feet behind his back; hogtied him.

"I was like, 'That's my man!' I was really proud of him," Houston said.

As soon as Cole was tied up, Houston said her husband turned to her and said he had to leave, had to go work. That's why we couldn't talk to him today.

So, he called police and let his wife watch over his catch.

"That's just the type of person he is, you know? That's just the type of person he is. Business is business. 'I got to take care of business, he's safe, the police are coming, I got to go,'" Houston said.

Houston said her husband was never into rodeo or anything, but he does work with horses and knows his way around a rope.

But it does beg the question: when he had finished tying Cole up, did he raise his arms in victory like these pros?

"He didn't do that. He was just like (nods head), kind of like the head nod, like, 'Okay, what's done is done.'"

Robert Cole faces one charge of first degree burglary.

Police at the scene say he appeared to be on drugs and he believed he was actually in Jenks.

Cole was charged with possession of drugs and larceny of merchandise in 2011, but the charges were later dismissed.

He is being held at the Tulsa County jail in lieu of $32,079 bond.

Print this article Back to Top