Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported a disabled Espanola man was slightly injured and his home was ransacked late Thursday night during a home invasion robbery on Espanola Road, in Bunnell.
The 60-year-old man, who is wheelchair-bound, told deputies that shortly before 11 p.m., four black males, ages 20-29, wearing dark clothing and armed with an aluminum bat, entered his home, threw him on the floor and began kicking and poking him in the head with the metal bat. The victim said that during the incident, one of the subjects stepped on his left foot, causing minor bleeding.
Deputies said the man told the suspects where he kept his medications, thinking that they were looking for drugs. The man told deputies he wasn’t missing any of his medications. The suspects did steal three shotguns and the man’s wallet, which had been in the man’s bedroom. The firearms are not operational, according to the victim.
The man told deputies that after the suspects left his home, he pulled himself back into his wheelchair and then called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies checked the immediate area of the home but were unable to locate the suspects.
The man was treated at the scene by emergency personnel for the injury to his foot and for shortness of breath. He refused transport to the hospital.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact their offices at 586-4801 or call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477). You may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.