LAWTON_ He feared for his life when a man tied him up and robbed him. The 89-year-old Lawton man is in good condition, but his attacker is still on the run. 7-News talked with the victim Saturday about the terrifying experience.
He doesn't know the name of the robber, but they'd met before and he thinks the man planned the attack several days earlier.
The victim, who asked not to be identified by name, says he was just trying to be a helpful neighbor.
He says this wasn't the first time the suspect visited his house. He knocked on the front door a week ago and said he was looking for his dog. The man asked to use the phone, made a call, and left.
Friday, the victim says he returned and asked to use the phone again.
"I was sitting on the couch, reading the paper and then he came and attacked me. He had a knife, with about a 7-inch serrated blade and then he said 'Where's the money?'"
The robber forced him to the bedroom with the knife and threatened to strike him in the head. The attacker cut some electrical cords to use like rope.
"He tied my hands behind my back and my feet and threw me on the bed and then he was searching around."
The attacker found what he was looking for--a steel box with money. He grabbed the cash, cut the victim's phone line, and took off.
The victim managed to escape.
"I untied myself. Got hold of the cord, got the ends of them, shoved them back through the knot and got myself loose."
He found the phone line dead and went to a neighbor's house and called the police.
"I had fear for my life. I had a time where I could have kicked him in the head when I was on the bed, but I decided against it because he'd turn on me with that knife and cut me all up. If I had a baseball bat I would have bashed him over the head."
The victim says he's lived in the neighborhood for over 40 years, and always thought it was safe. Now he's not so sure, and he's keeping a gun by his side just in case.
The victim described his attacker as a dark-complexioned white man, possibly mixed race, with black hair in knots that look like mushrooms.
He is 6 feet tall, weighs about 150 pounds, and appears to be in his twenties.
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