87-year-old man attacked by two young men while carrying groceries into his Virginia Beach home

Posted at 1:56 PM, Oct 20, 2016
Jerry McDonald

Jerry McDonnell

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va - An 87-year-old man was carrying groceries into his home when he was robbed by two young adults, according to police.

Jerry McDonnell said he had his arms full with milk and other groceries and was headed into his home in the 900 block of Campion Court around 2:30 p.m. on October 10 when a young man grabbed him from behind him and threw him to the ground, just feet from his front door.

"I had the groceries in my arms and I heard a noise behind me. I turned around and this guy was putting his arms around me," said McDonnell .

McDonnell said the man took his wallet and shouted to an accomplice, "I've got it".

McDonnell had a few minor injuries from the fall.

"I got to Jerry and he was laying on his side and his knee was bleeding and he was disorientated," said Kirk Balfanz who rushed over to help McDonnell , "the most cowardly act I've ever seen."

The New Jersey native has been living in Virginia for several decades and said this is the first time in his life he has ever been robbed.

Jerry McDonald

Jerry McDonnell

McDonnell said he was planning to go to the bank with $1,000 cash that was supposed to be used to pay a few bills including a hospital bill that wasn't covered under his insurance. He also said the money was going to be put toward Christmas presents for family members, including his nieces and nephews.

Police are looking for witnesses or anyone that has any information about what happened.

According to police, the first suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 18 and 20, about 6 feet tall with a dark complexion. They said he had tattoos on his arm and was wearing a black hoodie.

The second suspect is described as a white male 18 to 20 years old, about 5 foot 10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and red shoes. Police asked us to emphasize the red shoes to the public.

If you have any information, call Crime Line at 1 888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers may remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest.