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Monroe home invasion victim speaks out

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe police are investigating two burglaries and a home invasion from this past weekend.

KNOE spoke with one of the victims, who shares the following account of the crime: A sharp knock on the door stirred Leon Cooks out of his sleep early Friday morning. He opened the door without question, never expecting what happened next. "Someone came in and just bumped my door open real hard and had a gun and it was a shock to me," said Cooks.

With the gun pointing at Cooks' face, the suspect took money laying on a table and two cell phones. Cooks, terrified, was praying for his life. "My life was going through my head, flashing in front of me," said Cooks and added in a stroke of luck, the suspect slipped, giving Cooks a chance to run to a neighbors house and call the police. That's when the suspect ran from the scene, leaving Cooks shaken up, but grateful. "I can replace everything in this house but I can't replace my life," said Cooks.

He wasn't the only one to lose property over the weekend. Cpl. Jeff Gilbert of the Monroe Police Department says two other homes were broken into, and while they aren't connected, lessons can be learned from the incidents. "If its something that sounds suspicious or looks suspicious a phone call to the police is probably your best option," said Cpl. Jeff Gilbert, but most importantly, Gilbert says in order to protect your home and property, be aware, use common sense and trust your instinct. "Just be aware of your surroundings, that's situational awareness, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up, there's a reason," said Gilbert. 

Cooks says his situation could happen to anyone and has a word of warning. "Just be safe of opening your door so quick," said Cook. Although the crook did take property, Cooks is grateful the suspect didn't also take his life.

Another way to protect yourself, keep a record of the serial numbers on your electronics. That way police can trace them if they are stolen.


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