Public safety looking into strong-arm robbery
An 80-year-old man was robbed of $100,000 at his home on Monday, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The incident happened about 6 p.m. at a home on Newberry Street, according to an incident report. The victim told officers an unknown man knocked on the side door of his home, and when he opened the door, a man wearing a gray hoodie over his head and a black mask forced his way into the home.
The victim said he struggled with the suspect, who was armed with some type of Taser or stun gun, and that the two fell to the floor while struggling, the report stated. He said the suspect eventually got to his feet and removed his shoes and a black pair of cargo pants.
During the struggle, the suspect struck the victim on the upper mouth area, causing his lip to bleed, according to the report. The suspect also pulled the victim’s shoes and pants off and ripped the front breast pocket on his shirt. The pants and shirt pocket reportedly contained $100,000 cash.
“The family of the victim stated that the victim is known to carry large sums of cash on his person at various times,” the report stated. The family didn’t know of anyone who would have robbed the man.
Officers found that the victim’s living room was in disarray from the struggle, and they were able to lift latent fingerprints on the inside portion of a glass door entering the living room.