Man beaten, robbed outside home in Doswell

DOSWELL, VA (WWBT) - A crime alert in Hanover County after a man was beaten and robbed at gunpoint right in front of his home. It happened around 4 o'clock Monday morning at a home off Washington Highway and Route 30 in Doswell.

Hanover deputies are still investigating and right now there's no one in custody. The victim says he never saw the robbers before and he's afraid they may come back after finding out he's still alive.

Still wearing the blue scrubs from the hospital, William Turner III is back home. He has a nasty gash and stitches on his forehead from where he says the robbers pistol whipped him. He also has burn marks on the side of his face from where he says the robbers tried to shoot him point blank.

"The gun just discharged," Turner said. "I just saw gunfire. I just turned my head a little bit. If I hadn't turned my head, I believe I'd be dead."

Turner says Monday morning started like any other. He was filing a tire on his truck with air before heading to work when four men approached him.

He says the men asked for directions. Moments later one of them pulled out a gun.

"He turned around and told me to get on the ground," he said. "The next thing I know he told me don't make any noise and he put the gun toward my face."

He says the robbers took his wallet and his cell phone. He says the muggers were leaving right as one of the robber's gun went off.

"I just started crying," Turner said. "I saw my life flash before me. Just looking at a ball of gunfire come down beside you, it's scary and I really thought I was going to die."

Turner is hoping someone driving along Washington Highway may have seen something that can help catch the guys he says almost killed him.

"I'm pretty scared," he said. "Coming out here in the morning just to go to work, it's going to scare me even more."

This caps off a horrific month for Turner. He says his mother passed away three weeks ago and now this.

Right now there's only a vague description of the four men believed to be responsible. Turner says one of the men was wearing a red bandana.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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