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Blind senior citizen robbed in his Pike County home

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Pike County senior citizen victim of attempted robbery inside his own home Pike County senior citizen victim of attempted robbery inside his own home
Pike County, MS -

A Pike County senior citizen is the victim of an attempted robbery inside his own home. It happened Monday in McComb near the Fernwood and Pleasant Grove Community.

We're protecting the man's identity to keep him safe, but we can tell you he is 86-years-old, he is blind, and he is currently battling cancer.

He agreed to reenact the robbery attempt that happened inside his house Monday. It started with a knock on the side door of his house. That's strange, he says, because most people use the front door.

The man thought he knew the people at the door, so he welcomed them in.

"They said we come to rob you!" the man explains. "Come to rob me?" he asked them. "I ain't got no money!"

That's not what the robbers wanted to hear. The man told them to search his house. He said they wouldn't find a dime. Instead, they pushed him to the ground. That's when one of the men mentioned a weapon.

"You ought to put a gun to his head," the man recalls them saying.

The man isn't sure if the gun was ever pointed at him, but on the ground, he did the only thing he could think to do.

"Hey!" he yelled at the top of his lungs. "Because I thought they were going to do more. They went out that door, and that was it."

His long-time pastor, Speady Ross, was heartbroken.

"He's a great, outstanding person in the community," says Pastor Ross. "Everybody reflects him. Everybody here knows him. Everybody has a part in taking care of him."

Folks who live in the Pleasant Grove area can't believe this happened so close to home.

"Probably somebody came from other towns that do stuff like that," says James Jefferson. "It ain't the people from this community, because we all get along, all play together, share together, eat together, and the people know us around here."

Despite being blind, battling cancer and scaring off two robbers, the man says he's doing well.

"God wasn't done yet taking care of me. I know that," he says.

The Pike County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

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