Man beaten up, robbed in home invasion

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Law enforcement is on the lookout for a group of men who beat up and robbed an elderly man in southwest Wise County Monday night.

Several unidentified suspects assaulted a 73-year-old man, bound his hands and set him in the yard of his home while they proceeded to rob it.

Sometime after 10 p.m., a man the victim describes as a heavy-set white male in his 30s with short dark hair and a mustache knocked on the front door of the victim’s home, located on Farm Road 920 in the Boonsville/Balsora area.

The suspect, who was using a cane or a crutch, told the old man he needed assistance. Before long, several more suspects arrived and proceeded to bind and beat the homeowner before they robbed his home and left him tied up in the yard.

“They roughed him up pretty good,” said Captain Kevin Benton with Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim was treated by medics at the scene and didn’t require hospitalization. Benton said he expects the gentleman to fully recover from his injuries.

The suspects proceeded to loot firearms and cash from the house. The homeowner eventually freed his hands from the constraints and called 911. He told investigators that he doesn’t know who the assailants were or even how many total there were.

Investigators have also been working with nearby Parker County authorities to see if they’ve had any similar robberies.

“We’re still chasing down the few tips coming in and trying learn all we can about this,” Benton said. “We’d appreciate any help we could get.”

Crimestoppers is anonymous and will provide a reward of up to $5,000 for tips leading to an arrest.

Anyone wishing to report any information can call Sgt. Clint Caddell at 940-627-5971, ext. 236, email him at or call Crimestoppers at 800-643-TIPS or 940-627-TIPS.

Last summer an 82-year-old man, Marvin Zimmerman, also suffered a home invasion in the Briar area that eventually proved to be fatal. Zimmerman, who was also tied up, was unable to free himself and lay for days before he was discovered. The injuries he suffered eventually killed him.

Five people have been sentenced for their roles in the brutal robbery.

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