Three armed strangers ambushed a man in his own apartment during broad daylight, Wednesday. The victim says the suspects pistol-whipped him and stole his money.
The 20-year-old man lives at the Colorado Manor apartments, not far from Maymont Park. The victim says he noticed a group of unfamiliar men lingering near his apartment. He says he when opened the back door to his home around 2:30 p.m., that's when they stormed him. He says they both had guns.
"The first guy ended up hitting me with the stock of his shot gun in the nose. I knew it broke my nose instantly," said the victim, who declined to reveal his identity for safety reasons.
He says he tried to get out the front of the apartment, but another man was on his way in. He says he was wrestled to the floor. "The guy that came through the front ended up putting me in a full nelson, wrapping his legs around my waist so I couldn't move."
The victim says they raided his pockets, stealing $200 in cash, a pack of cigarettes, and his Xbox. He says the suspects made sure no neighbors could get inside to help him. "Everybody (neighbors outside) heard banging and commotion, but they (the suspects) had the doors locked, so I wasn't able to let anybody in or get out."
The young man says his two dogs lurched at his attackers in his defense. "The dog ended up biting the first guy with a shotgun who was going through my pockets. He ran, and the guy that was behind me ended up getting bit as he was leaving. And the dogs were still following them." The dogs haven't yet returned home.
The victim says he feels targeted because of the money he makes from a restaurant, and because of where he lives.
"...because I'm white, and I live in an all-black community. They think automatically that it's a red flag, that I'm an undercover nark…all this stuff," continued the victim.
The victim says his apartment has been broken into twice before. The window screen is still cut open. In another instance, he says someone tried to pry open the back door. The metal on the edge of the door is bent.
He and his mother, who wasn't home during the attack, are seriously considering moving, if the suspects aren't caught.
"My mom is the main thing I'm worried about. That's why I always try to stay up, especially now that the dogs are gone. I'm up 24-7 now," said the victim.
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