November 11, 2014
An 84-year-old man says his body aches after he was followed home, attacked and robbed.
Bill Hunter said he went to the 7-Eleven at intersection of South Ridgeway Avenue and Magnolia early Saturday morning to get a cup of coffee and cigarettes.
He said he didn’t notice the man who was following him home until he got to the front door of his secured building less than a block away.
“I said to him, ‘Do you live here?’ He said, ‘No, I have friends in the building.'” Hunter said.
The man shared an elevator with Hunter and followed him down the hall to his apartment. That’s where the man shoved Hunter into his apartment and slammed the door.
The man put him in a choke-hold against the wall and demanded Hunter give him the $300 he had in his pocket. The man left, leaving Hunter on the floor of his apartment.
“The man was an animal. He was a vicious animal,” Hunter said.
Security cameras inside his apartment building — a U.S. Housing and Urban Development property — are broken and they didn’t catch anything.
Daytona Beach police said the surveillance cameras from the 7-Eleven show two black men inside the store at the same time as Hunter, but they can’t link them to the crime.
Investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information call Daytona Beach police at 386-323-3569.