Disabled man victim of home invasion, robbery at gunpoint

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

By Shavonne Potts

Salisbury Post

Salisbury Police are searching for two men who robbed a man in his Richard Street home Monday night.

The 60-year-old man, who is not being named because the suspects are still at large, told police two men came to his door asking to use the telephone for an emergency.

The men burst through the door, one brandishing a shotgun and the other a handgun.

They demanded his money and he offered them a checkbook. The men said they didn’t want a checkbook, they wanted money. They walked away with about $300. The incident occurred about 10 p.m.

No arrests have been made.

The man called his sister, Nancy Satterwhite, who was not with him at the time of the robbery.

Satterwhite expressed anger at her brother’s ordeal.

“They’ve taken advantage of a handicapped, disabled man. It’s just so wrong,” she said.

Satterwhite said her brother has had cerebral palsy all his life and had two brain aneurysms in 2003. She said she is thankful that the men didn’t harm her brother.

“We’re so blessed that they only took money. They could’ve taken his life,” Satterwhite said. “His guardian angel was looking out for him.”

Satterwhite said her brother is friendly with his neighbors and passersby. “It’s just so sad that they took advantage of him,” she said.

Satterwhite said this isn’t the first time her brother’s house has been invaded. A couple of years ago, someone broke into his house while he was walking his dog.

Police are looking for two black males, one who is between 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a brown jacket with a hood.

The second man was said to be between 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall with a small build. He was wearing a green jacket, also with a hood.

The men left on foot down 11th Street toward North Main Street. Salisbury Police Chief Mark Wihelm said they’ve identified a suspect, but the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 704-638-5333.

Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253 or spotts@salisburypost.com.