Orlando Police think elderly couple was targeted for home invasion
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Detectives think an elderly couple who was held up and robbed in their home Sunday night were targeted because of their age and vulnerability.
Police say that about 9 p.m., three suspects broke into a house on Ravenall Avenue, in Orlando's Richmond Heights neighborhood, while a husband in his 80s and wife in her 70s were home.
They ransacked the place and ran away from the scene. The husband told detectives that at least one of the suspects held a gun, and two were wearing masks, but one was not.
Leroy, 76, and his wife Faye, 86, were so shaken by the home invasion, it took them more than an hour and the help of a neighbor to contact police.
The couple sells snacks and sodas out of their home to make some extra cash. They said they thought the man knocking on the door just wanted a bag of chips.
"My husband opened the door, and they shoved him, pushed their way in," Faye told us. "He was saying, 'Don't! Don't do that!'"
Faye, who is bedridden, said that she looked up and saw a couple of masked men in her living room.
"Two had guns. One was the lookout; he stayed outside."
As Leroy reached into his pocket for all the money he had, Faye tried to call 911.
"I saw the barrels of the guns staring at me," Leroy said. "I said to myself, Golly, I'm dead!' and they kept asking for my money. I said, 'Please take my money. Just don't do it! Just don't do it!'"
Orlando police detectives spent the day walking the neighborhood, talking to residents and hoping someone has some information on who robbed the elderly couple. If you have any information, you are asked to call OPD or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477)