VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A nearly 80-year-old man who answered the door to two robbers on Monday spoke exclusively to NewsChannel 3.
"I said you have two options. One, leave now, or it'll be you, and I tell you what, I'm not just going to let you kill me," says the man, who asked NewsChannel 3 to keep him anonymous. "I wasn't going to be a victim and not be able to respond back."
The man says a stranger knocked on his door around 6:00 a.m. on Monday at his Belmont at Providence apartment along Duck Pond Drive.
The stranger told him he was with maintenance. He says he was expecting maintenance that day, so he opened the door.
"He pushed me up against the wall, held me there, telling me he wants my money," he says. "The other man that was with him came right behind me, went right to my bedroom."
The victim says he watched the two strangers grab his wallet, credit cards and phone.
He says they eventually found his safe and repeatedly demanded the key to open it, but then his adrenaline kicked in.
"I said I can tell you this, I've had a full life and I'm ready to go, so you're going to have to make a choice, and when I said that I stood up with this cane," he says. "I said I'm going to bust your head wide open and when I said that he yelled to the guy in the back and they took off running for the door. I was a nervous wreck at the time."
He says that fear has not left him since, however, he has no regrets about sticking up for himself.
"In retrospect I think I might have lost my mind, momentarily," he says. " I don't advocate it, I said I took a risk and I know I did, and I`m not saying that you should do it, but don't let nobody walk on you especially like that."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.