12/17/13 — Man robbed, shot, in home

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Man robbed, shot, in home

By John Joyce
Published in News on December 17, 2013 1:46 PM

A Wayne County man was bound inside his home and shot by two subjects who forced their way in at gunpoint Friday just before 11 p.m.

Wayne County sheriff's deputies called to Wayne Memorial Hospital late Friday met with the victim, Robert Lee Thompson, 52, of 426 Hill St.

Thompson had driven himself to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the knee.

According to a report, Thompson told investigators he arrived home from working in Greenville and had just gotten out of his truck when he was approached by two men.

The first man came from around a corner and held out a silver revolver. He demanded Thompson's keys.

Thompson, believing the man wanted to steal his truck, surrendered his keys immediately.

The man, now joined by an accomplice, instead forced Thompson to the front door of his residence and demanded the alarm code.

Thompson complied and the three men entered the home, closing the door behind them.

The two men taped Thompson's wrists and ankles, and then taped him to a chair. They demanded valuables.

The man with the gun stood watch over Thompson while the other ransacked the house.

According to the report, the gunman repeatedly told Thompson not to look at him.

And then he shot Thompson in the knee.

Thompson sat, taped and bleeding, for another 10 minutes while the thieves continued rifling through his belongings.

The men eventually left the home, taking Thompson's wallet and cell phone with them. He struggled to get free and drove himself to the hospital.

Thompson described the suspects as two black men, one short and stocky, the other short and slim. Both wore dark hoodies, faded jeans and bandannas over their faces.

Thompson never heard or saw a car and could give no further description of the suspects. The whole ordeal lasted 35 minutes, according to the report.

A flat screen television was also taken.