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93-year-old Roan Mountain man beaten, robbed of $20,000

September 15th, 2011 2:06 pm by John Thompson

ROAN MOUNTAIN — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department was searching for a man who went to the house of a 93-year-old man, beat him and robbed him of $20,000 on Wednesday.

The incident took place shortly before noon at the residence of Omer Wilson Johnson.

Johnson told Deputy Tracie Phipps he had a knock on his door. When he answered, a man asked him for a drink of water. Johnson allowed the man to enter his home. When the man got inside, he pushed Johnson down, then struck him on the head several times.

Johnson said he begged the man not to kill him, at which time the man stopped and removed Johnson’s wallet from his front pants pocket. The robber then locked Johnson in the house, using a padlock on the side door.

Phipps said Johnson had marks on his head where he had been struck. He was also bleeding from his nose.

Johnson told Phipps he had $20,000 in the wallet.

Johnson told Phipps the robber was a medium build white man with short dark hair. He said the man appeared to be in his 40s.

Sheriff Chris Mathes though the robber may have seen Johnson’s wallet when he made a purchase earlier in the day.

“This was just an unfortunate situation of an older man who did not trust banks,” Mathes said of the reason Johnson was carrying so much money.

Investigator Jan Black of the sheriff’s department was leading the investigation of the incident.

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