PERRY COUNTY, Ohio — Perry County Sheriff William Barker says his deputies are investigating a home invasion that took place early Friday morning where a senior citizen was beaten by the home intruder, according to the reports.
The victim of the home invasion was a 65-year-old man whose home was at 3403 Marietta Road in Junction City. Reports say that he was awoken at around 1 a.m. early Friday morning.
The victim who was identified as 65-year-old Hugh Clark was beaten and was kicked down the stairs as he fought with the intruder. He said that he tried to call for help on his phone but the line was cut-off, according to the reports.
Clark told the Perry County Sheriff’s deputies that after the intruder beat him, the intruder took properties from the victim’s residence.
The medic personnel transported the senior citizen to the Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment. He was listed in a fair condition, according to the hospital officials.
The senior citizen said that after the intruder left with his property, he went out to Marietta Road to wait for a car to pass by to ask for help. The help arrived at around 3:30 a.m., reports say.
Records show that in the Perry County there were at least nine home invasions that broke out in two weeks time. The suspect targets the home of elderly individuals. Two of the nine break-ins were violent.
Chief Jeremy VanDermark of the Somerset Police Department said that burglaries were not immediately known to the neighbors because even the dogs were not awoken by the intruders, according to the reports.
Perry County Sheriff William Barker says that even though there was no one that was fatally injured, there is a bigger probability that someone will be shot sooner or later.