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Altus man robbed at knifepoint during home invasion

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ALTUS, Okla._An elderly Altus man feared for his life on Tuesday after being held at knifepoint and tied up during a home invasion.

It happened at his home on the 300 block of east Liveoak. The 77-year-old victim was walking back into his house when he was approached from behind by the robber.

The victim was walking through the back door into his house when the attacker came up from behind, placed a knife to his back and followed him inside. The man demanded money, jewelry and prescription drugs. Then the victim was tied up and placed face down on a bed

After the robber left, the victim was able to untie himself. He went to his next door neighbor's house and called a family member. But, it wasn't until that neighbor saw police cars and crime scene tape next door that she knew the extent of what had happened.

"He goes, ‘I was scared for my life and I wouldn't want to go through that again.’ I told him I felt sorry for him. If I would've known what happened to him, if he would've told me, I would've walked back to the house with him so he wouldn't be so scared," said the victim’s neighbor, Linda Garcia.

After further investigation, Altus police said they discovered that the man's phone had been cut.

"Home invasions are not common here, but burglaries are more often. So this one was kind of a surprise to us," said Altus police officer Captain Tommy Uptergrove.

The victim did not get a look at the suspect, so police are going to have to rely on forensic evidence left at the scene. Uptergrove says unfortunately people do prey on the elderly because they know they’re more likely to have prescription drugs in their home.

"We call this a home invasion because somebody did come in and hold him against his will. But we do have a lot of situations where people come in and knock on people's door, make contact with them and won't let them see their face and order them to give them their medicine," explained Captain Uptergrove.

Linda Garcia says she is shocked that something like this could happen to her sweet neighbor, especially in broad daylight.

"He goes, ‘I was so scared.’ He goes, ‘I would've never imagined myself dying like this. It was a scary feeling, I never thought I was going to get loose or get help,’" said Garcia as she recounted her neighbor’s horrific ordeal.

The victim was not injured, but was very shaken up. The only description the victim was able to give was that the robber was a man. Police are hoping after Wednesday's interview with the victim, they will have more information on the crime.

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