(TX) Antique business robbed, owner assaulted (...but fought back)


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Drizzt
July 31, 2005, 02:41 AM
Antique business robbed, owner assaulted
July 29, 2005, 04:53 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI - An attempted burglary lands an elderly man in the hospital. A burglar broke into the Deluxe Antique Store on the 800 block of South Staples around 2:00 AM Friday. The elderly man didn't let the suspect easily flee.

A portrait of a young girl sits idle among a scene of chaos. Bullets flew - destroying merchandise and a picture hanging on a wall. The business owner doesn't want to be identified, but said his 71-year-old father put up a fight, after a robber broke through a wall and headed for the cash register.

"My dad came out there. He said stop or I'll shoot. The guy ducked down here and come up with something and threw it at my dad," said the owner. The elderly man who lives on the premise shot at the robber several times, but the suspect managed to smash a mirror on the 71-year-old's head, causing series head wounds.

Busting through this window, the suspect escaped, but he had some sort of head wound that was dripping blood. The wound dripped blood all along the side walk creating a blood trail a couple of blocks long. Police eventually found the suspect in the hospital being treated for a head wound. With such an entry the business owner believes the robber once visited the antique shop.

"My mother had told my wife that she's pretty sure the guy had been in here. He's a young Hispanic guy, and had asked for work. But the police say a lot will do that. When they are kind of asking, they are scoping out the place out," the owner said. After the scary incident the business owner said his father may consider living else where.

Investigators would not release the name of the suspect. They say he is 19-years-old and remains at a local hospital, receiving treatment for a face wound.

http://www.kristv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3657593&nav=BsmgcjSn

Gotta remember that there's an awful lot of older folks out there who didn't get that way by rolling over for every punk that comes their way.

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