CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – UPDATE 9/11/19 @ 5:32 p.m.
Ira Fulks has installed new locks on his house and is keeping them secure all the time, even when he is just sitting on his front porch.
Ira Fulks sits on his front porch with all doors to his house locked after being robbed and tased over the weekend in Charleston, West Virginia.
The 90-year-old is thankful to be fine after being tased and robbed by a man he invited into his house to use the bathroom at 11 p.m. Saturday night. That man took money and his television before getting away.
Fulks said he is very open minded and accommodating, which made him welcome people into his home if they needed help or just wanted to talk.
"I had no thoughts about combating him because my age for one, my body is not as strong as it used to be," Fulks said. "I wanted to be cautious and did my best to diffuse the situation."
That is just one of the reasons Charleston Police said that criminals target the elderly. Police said the key to answering the door is not to be in a rush to let anyone into your home, especially if you were not expecting company.
"There should always be a considerations if this person has bad intentions," Charleston Police Lt. Autumn Davis said. "Oftentimes, the criminals use 'can I use your phone?' or 'can I use your bathroom?' as a ruse to get into your home to either steal or even worse, cause you bodily harm."
Davis said you should look out for other red flags including the time of day, if you are home alone and if you are going to trust that a person has good intentions. That should all come before being afraid of seeming rude by not letting someone into your home.
ORIGINAL STORY 9/9/19
Police need your help finding a man who injured a 90-year-old man and used a Taser on him inside the victim's home.
Charleston Police say it happened around 11 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of 5th Avenue. The victim said he answered a knock on his door and encountered a man who said his name was Mike and asked if he could use the victim’s restroom.
The victim said the man came back from the restroom, pulled out a Taser and used it on the victim’s arm. He said the man then knocked over furniture in the living room and told him he’d kill him if he didn’t give him money.
The elderly man gave the suspect some money, and the suspect stole a television from the living room.
The suspect is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 25 to 35 years old and wearing dark clothing when the incident happened.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 304-348-6480.