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Murfreesboro Senior Beaten By Suspect Posing As Electrician

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by Marcus Washington

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Middle Tennessee senior was attacked and brutally beaten in his own home by a man posing as an electric company worker.

"I was sitting here and I got a knock on the door. So, I just got up and opened the door up," said Hornsby.

72-year-old John Hornsby said the man at his door introduced himself as a Middle Tennessee Electric responder coming to fix a power outage or electric leak and needed to enter his home to fix the problem.

"Then he pulled out the cord and started grabbing me and I said, 'what you think you doing?' He said, 'I am going to tie you up and rob you," said Hornsby.

Hornsby said they started to fight, "he slapped me and banged my head against the freezer and the floor and I was worn out and I finally said, ‘my wallet is up on my desk.'"

Tied up and on the ground, Hornsby said the man went through the house looking for money.

All while this was going on Hornsby was able to loosen the cord around his hands.

"He comes back in and he saw I was loose and said, 'I'm going to tie you up again. I'm going to shoot you; I'm going to kill you if you don't tell me where the rest of your money is. Tell me where the rest of your money is.' I told him, 'I don't have any more money. Just shoot me, just kill me,'" said Hornsby.

The 72-year-old said his attacker fled, and he then ran to a neighbor's house where they called 911.

"I didn't want to come back in here and use my phone because I thought he still might be in here."

Police said within hours the crook was able to spend hundreds of dollars at places like Finish Line and Wal-Mart using Hornsby's credit cards.

Hornsby's bank statements showed that after one credit card started declining the purchases-- the crooks started using other cards.

Police are looking over surveillance video to see if they can spot anyone using those cards after the robbery.

 

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