Barboursville man held at knife point, robbed
January 18, 2011 @ 12:00 AM
BARBOURSVILLE,WV -- An elderly Barboursville man was held at knife point Saturday afternoon, put into a closet and then robbed by an assailant who claimed to be looking for work.
According to Barboursville Police Chief Mike Coffey, the incident took place at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at a home on St. Andrews Drive in the Deer Creek subdivision.
The suspect was inquiring about any odd jobs that might need done. The homeowner excused himself to the bathroom, Coffey said, because he didn't feel right about the situation.
Coffey said the homeowner fled out the front door, but the suspect chased him down and held a knife to him, forcing him back into the house. The suspect was seeking money, valuables and medications, Coffey said.
The homeowner was put into a closet, and a chair was used to hold the door shut. The homeowner told police that he could hear the suspect ransacking his home. Coffey said the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money.
The homeowner was able to get out of the closet after the suspect had left, Coffey said.
Coffey said they expect to make progress on the investigation Tuesday morning and planned to release more details about the crime Tuesday afternoon.