Vietnam veteran robbed at gunpoint in his home

SAN DIEGO - Two intruders, one of whom was armed, walked into a disabled 73-year-old Vietnam veteran's Bay Park residence and robbed him, police said Saturday.

William Rose, who goes by Bill, was sitting in his recliner when, shortly before midnight Friday, he saw two people walk through the front door of his apartment in the 3000 block of Cowley Way.

One suspect stayed by the door while the other suspect walked up to the victim, pulled a gun from his waist and demanded money, said Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.

"He opened the door silently. I didn't hear anything, so they didn't force. I think they had the keys. I suspect two of my healthcare givers who had been here previously," Rose said.

Rose's neighbors also have their suspicions.

"They had to know his schedule. They had to be watching to see what was going on," Patrick Siefner said.

Rose said the gunman took $200 along with his prescription medications and then fled with the other intruder out the front door.

"Hit me around a little bit, shook me more than anything and he lifted up this armrest and went right for it. He knew where it was," Rose said.

Now, out of medication and money he had just cashed for the month, he isn't sure how he'll make ends meet. Rose is unable to walk, hasn't been to the bank in 5 years and can't remember his security codes, so he had to take desperate measures to protect his accounts.

"These people, they might be writing checks. They took one checkbook," Rose said. "I have one credit card and a debit card. They canceled all of that, so I don't know what I'm going to do for money."

Rose, who was not injured in the home invasion, said he hopes new security cameras caught the two intruders.

The gunman was described as black, between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and heavyset. He was wearing a dark blue hoodie, dark pants and his face was covered with a white and gray mask.

The suspect by the door was only described as wearing a red baseball cap.