CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man says he's glad to be alive after a bold home invasion that left him helpless.
It happened on Turner Road near Midlothian Turnpike just before 2 p.m. Thursday. The robber told the victim he was working at a nearby church moments before he held him at gunpoint.
Wallace Munford wanted to be a good Samaritan. He offered the alleged worker a glass of water on a hot day when his kindness backfired.
"I don’t even feel safe right now,” he said.”
Munford has never been held at gunpoint - until now.
"At gunpoint in my own house, where you’re supposed to be safe,” he said.
At first, he never suspected a problem. A man showed up in his backyard wearing a neon colored shirt, a work vest and work boots. Munford says that’s not unusual.
"They come through here frequently,” he said.
Workers come to trim the shrubbery on the county’s property next to his home and they sometimes come to respond to the utility lines. So when the robber asked him about getting to the closest convenience store, he offered the man some water himself.
“I said ‘you’re not driving?’ He said ‘no, we’re working over here on the church yard over here.' I said ‘OK, cool. The best I can do is give you a water.' He was like ‘OK, I appreciate it,'” Munford said.
So he went inside not knowing what would happen next.
That’s when the intruder opened the gate and walked right into his home.
“When I got the bottle out the refrigerator, I turned around, he had a gun in my face," Munford said. “Then he told me to lay down on the floor. He has me on the kitchen floor. He’s got his knee in my back and the gun to my head and he’s going through my pockets. He took my jewelry off me. My rings, my bracelet, my watch. My bag was on the table. I said ‘that’s my wallet. You can have it’. I said, ‘there’s nothing in there.'”
After getting the goods, the bad guy took off. Munford was left terrified and violated.
“I would hate for this to happen anyone else,” Munford said. “It’s a total violation.”
The robber stole a silver ring that’s sentimental. It was given to Munford 20 years ago from his deceased mother. That ring has his initials inside - W.M.
He said the robber dropped the watch he stole as he ran away. Police obtained fingerprints from it, and and they’re hoping to find a match.
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