A disabled Vietnam War veteran claimed a couple, 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 of his home on Greenwood Avenue on April 11, according to KFSM.
“I had just come home from grocery shopping. They walked over and asked if they could help carry my groceries. I said, ‘Sure,'” Thomas told KFSM.
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Thomas said the couple — who police identified as Dale Roberts, 29, and Nicole Standige, 30 — went into the home and lingered around even after Thomas insisted he had to go to bed.
Roberts and Standige allegedly started attacking 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 trash bags full of stuff out my door,” Thomas said.
The thieves stole a slew of items, including cash, a debit card and cellphone, before driving off in Thomas’ car, according to police.
The veteran said he waited for Roberts and Standige to leave before crawling out of his front door and curb to get help, KFSM reported. Someone eventually saw him and called police.
Thomas suffered a large cut and several fractures to his forearm, police said.
Police believe the couple is still driving around in Thomas’ vehicle — a 2010 white KIA Soul with Arkansas license plate number 646-OPP.
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