UPDATE: Elderly Home Invasion Victim Shares Frightening Experience

By: Brooks Jarosz; Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 12/23/2012 @ 10:30 p.m.
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An 84-year-old man was the target of a home invasion robbery Saturday afternoon in Fayette County. Police say it's the second one they've seen in 24 hours.

Bill Wolfe doesn't usually get company in his Wriston home. He says he lives alone, and lives peacefully. But Saturday night, the 84-year-old got a couple of visitors he never wants to see again.

"[One] said, "I'm going to shoot you if you don't give me your money," Wolfe recalls. "I said, 'I'm not giving you my money.'"

Wolfe says one of them knocked on his back door about 8 p.m. and asked to borrow the phone, claiming his car had broken down.

After Wolfe opened the door, he says that man pulled on a ski mask and forced his way in with another, threatening him with a plastic pellet gun.

"We got to scuffling, and I hit him several times with my flashlight," Wolfe said. "Both of them were on top of me."

Wolfe says he took out his own real gun and tried to defend himself, but found that the men had already unloaded it. He couldn't prevent them from running off with his wallet.

"I had about a thousand dollars in my pocketbook," he said. "But I don't care about that. It had my driver's license and my veterans cards and my discharge paper."

Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies say it's the second home invasion robbery they've seen in 24 hours. They're warning everyone to keep their eyes open and their doors locked.

"If someone comes knocking on your door, particularly after dark, we recommend that you call 911 and report it so we can get an officer en route," Captain Sizemore said.

The first home invasion robbery happened earlier Saturday morning at about 3:30 along Route 61 in the Deepwater Mountain area.

It was a similar incident, where deputies say two people knocked on the door, told the homeowner they were having car trouble and asked to use a telephone.

When the homeowner opened the door, she told deputies the women armed with a claw hammer and the man armed with a pistol barged into the home, demanding money and pills.

Deputies say the suspects got away with the victim's purse and cash. No one was injured.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department is investigating both home invasions but it is still unclear whether or not the incidents are related.

If you have any information that can help, call the detective bureau at 304-574-4305 or you can submit a tip through the Crime Tips section of the sheriff's office website http://fayettesheriffwv.net



ORIGINAL STORY 12/23/2012

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Deputies in Fayette County are investigating two different home invasion robberies that happened within hours of each other.

The most recent robbery was reported just before 8 p.m. Saturday on Wolfe Lane in the Wriston area. That's just about 4 miles outside of Oak Hill.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com they're searching for two suspects who broke into an elderly man's home and robbed him.

The elderly man told deputies one of the men knocked on his door and explained that his car had broken down and asked for help.

When the victim opened the door, he says the suspect pulled a ski mask over his head and with another masked man, forced their way into the house and demanded money.

When the elderly man grabbed a gun to defend himself, deputies say the suspects wrestled him to the ground. The victim was able to grab a nearby metal flashlight and hit one of the suspects over the head several times.

Deputies say the masked men did get away with the man's wallet and cash. They were armed with a black, plastic pellet gun which they dropped as they ran from the home.

The victim who's 84 years old, suffered only minor injuries. He told deputies he didn't get a good look at the men because the incident happened quickly.

The first home invasion robbery happened earlier Saturday morning at about 3:30 along Route 61 in the Deepwater Mountain area.

It was a similar incident, where deputies say two people knocked on the door, told the homeowner they were having car trouble and asked to use a telephone.

When the homeowner opened the door, she told deputies the women armed with a claw hammer and the man armed with a pistol barged into the home, demanding money and pills.

Deputies say the suspects got away with the victim's purse and cash. No one was injured.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department is investigating both home invasions but it is still unclear whether or not the incidents are related.

If you have any information that can help, call the detective bureau at 304-574-4305 or you can submit a tip through the Crime Tips section of the sheriff's office website http://fayettesheriffwv.net

Keep clicking WSAZ.com for updates.


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