JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two men are on the run after they beat and robbed an elderly man last week outside his Argyle Forest home, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Residents told News4Jax that vicious crimes are becoming common in their neighborhood, and the majority of people who live there are elderly.
Fred Fulmer said the crime his neighborhood, near Niska Trail, is getting out of hand, especially after seeing the aftermath of where police said two men robbed and beat his 74-year-old neighbor Aug. 21.
"When I walked up, there was blood all over the driveway," Fulmer said.
The 74-year-old man told News4Jax off-camera that he had just gotten home when two young black men attacked him. The victim said he had reached back to grab something while getting out of his car when the two men came up behind him and grabbed him.
Police said the 74-year-old man was then thrown on the ground and the two thieves took his wallet, keys and phone.
But Fulmer said that’s not the only crime that has happened in the neighborhood.
“They’ve been having tires slashed," he said. "There’s all kinds of vandalism. There’s house break-ins.”
According to the JSO crime-mapping tool, 20 crimes -- including seven thefts, four burglaries and two assaults -- have been reported within a half-mile of Niska Trail since June.
But after what happened to his neighbor, Fulmer said, the crooks better stay away.
“They better watch what they do, though, because quite a few people in this neighborhood are either police or military who happen to be armed most of the time," Fulmer said.
According to the police report, a witness saw the 74-year-old man being robbed and was able to tell officers what kind of car the men got into and the tag number.
The 74-year-old man told News4Jax that he's pretty sore after everything, and he had some pretty bad scrapes on his arms. But he said he's going to be OK.