A disabled Vietnam War veteran claimed a few, who offered to help him with his groceries, attacked and robbed him in his Arkansas home last week.
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The couple allegedly approached John Thomas, 70, of Fort Smith, while he was outside his home on Greenwood Avenue on April 11, according to KFSM.
“I was just home from doing the shopping. She walked over and asked if they could help with carrying my groceries. I said, ‘Sure,'” Thomas told KFSM.
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Thomas said the pair-who police identified as Dale Roberts, 29, and Nicole Standige, 30 — went in the house and continued to hang around, even after Thomas insisted he had to go to bed.
Roberts and Standige allegedly began with the attacks of Thomas when he came out of the bathroom, hitting him on the head with a fireplace poker.
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He shielded himself with his arm, but was then tied up with an electrical cord, Thomas claimed.
“When I woke up I was tied up with electrical cord and they were dragging garbage bags full of stuff from my door,” Thomas said.
The thieves stole a variety of items, including cash, debit card, and mobile phone, before you drive away in Thomas’ car, police said.
The veteran said he waited for Roberts and Standige to leave before crawling out of his front door and the sidewalk to get help, KFSM reported. Someone finally saw him and called the police.
Thomas suffered a large cut and several fractures to his forearm, police said.
Police believe the couple is still driving around in Thomas’ car-2010 white KIA Soul with Arkansas license plate number 646-OPP.