SAN DIEGO – Two men were in custody Wednesday night for allegedly attacking an 80-year-old man as they robbed his San Carlos home, police said.
San Diego police said the two men forced their way into the elderly man’s home just before 3 p.m. Wednesday and beat the him with a crowbar. They stole some of his items, but as they were leaving cops were already on scene.
“I heard they were trying different doors around the neighborhood and somebody alerted the police,” said neighbor Frank Courter. “We came out and saw the police dog, two individuals down on the ground with the officer there.”
Frank and Janet Courter were rattled after learning their neighbor was the victim of a home invasion robbery.
“I am shook up because I was just with him,” said Janet Courter. ”It’s tough, it’s a good neighborhood. We have been here a long time. We look out for each other like what I tried to do today.”
The victim lived alone, his wife passed about a couple weeks ago from brain cancer, they said. What the Courter’s described as more disturbing was that his home was robbed three times in less than two months.
“Somebody had stolen his credit cards and cash from him. He knows it was someone from hospice but nothing has come from it,” said Frank Courter. “Then, he was robbed three weeks ago.”
Neighbors said the robberies could be related after hearing what the suspect’s told the victim.
“They said ‘don’t call the cops because if you do, you will join your wife.’ That’s what we were told,” said Janet Courter. “As for now, we just hope he’s okay and we’re praying for him.”
The victim was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with serious head injuries, according to authorities.
The names and identities of the suspects were not released.