DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police say a 94-year-old man was pushed around and robbed at his own home in Residence Park.
Police say in their report that the victim was leaving his home when an armed suspect forced him back inside.
They say the suspect shoved a gun into the victim’s chest and demanded money.
Officers say the suspect got away with cash, a cell phone and a gold chain that the suspect yanked from the elderly man’s neck.
Police say the suspect fled the location in a Chevy S-10 truck.The victim, a resident in the neighborhood for more than 50 years, was not hurt. He tells 2 NEWS he’s thankful to be alive, though he is shaken by the experience.
Darryl Dougherty has known this neighbor since he was a little boy. While talking to 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé, he waves to other residents because he says that’s the type of place this neighborhood has been and will be.
He describes as a saying most have heard, ‘Everyone knows every one,’ and Dougherty says they look out for reach other.
It’s why he is taking the robbery of the elderly man to heart.
“You know it’s just pitiful, just pitiful,” the man said. “I mean you on drugs go somewhere and put your head in the ground don’t prey on the elders. The elders dictate how long you’ll be on the planet. The better you are with the elders, the better you are on the planet.”
Neighbors say there are two problems: drugs and abandoned homes.
“You see a lot of vampires running down the streets,” Dougherty described. “Vampires meaning people that are strung out on drugs so you really have to keep your eyes peeled.”
The other issue residents described was vacant properties. Next door to the elderly man’s home is an abandoned home.
It’s been that way for 4 to 5 years, according to residents. Neighbors say they often see people in and out of the home, despite it being boarded up.
“Something needs to be done,” resident Jeffrey Lark St. admitted. “And I know that the police in the community is doing the best that they can but, it’s just gotten out of control.”
And neighbors say they aren’t giving up. They want to preserve the neighborhood they once knew and loved.
Lark told 2 NEWS, “Well, there’s a lot of elderly here, some of them are scared to say anything. But we’re just doing the best that we can.”