An 82-year-old man was found bound and gagged in his south Wise County home Friday, the victim of what police believe was a robbery.
Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the investigation has revealed the man may have been in the floor of his home in the 1400 block of New Hope Road for several days before he was discovered.
The victim, Marvin Zimmerman, was taken to a Fort Worth hospital where he remained in serious condition Tuesday.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the case, and investigators have arrest warrants for two more suspects.
A neighbor discovered the troubling scene.
“A neighbor hadn’t seen (Zimmerman) in a couple of days, so he went over and looked in his windows,” Walker said. “He (the neighbor) saw him bound and gagged lying in the floor.”
After finding the door locked, the neighbor called 911, which went to Parker County. Officers from Parker and Wise counties responded along with medics. The call was made around 9:30 p.m.
A press release from the Parker County Sheriff’s Department detailed what officers found when they arrived at the home.
“Parker County Sheriff’s deputies forced entry into the home, cleared the residence and called for paramedics to assist the man, who had been handcuffed behind his back. The victim also had duct tape on top of the handcuffs and around his head and feet,” the press release stated.
Walker said Zimmerman was “semi-conscious” when officers arrived.
“It looked like he’d been in the floor several days,” Walker said.
Zimmerman was able to tell officers the suspects were three white males with shaved heads.
The Parker County press release stated that deputies found the home ransacked in what investigators believe was a robbery.
Roger Lee Hammons, 49, and Jimmy Ray Murrell, 49, both of Fort Worth were arrested late Monday and will be charged with injury to the elderly and aggravated robbery, both first degree felonies, according to a news release from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.
It also said both suspects interviewed “have given confessions as to their involvement, which have led to the recovery of items from Zimmerman’s home as well as descriptions of how Zimmerman was brutalized while bound. One suspect relayed to investigators that they used a stun gun on Zimmerman in an attempt to get information of where he kept belongings.”
Evidence was recovered at Zimmerman’s home and will be submitted for forensic testing, the news release stated.
More information in the case will be posted as it is available at www.WCMessenger.com.