Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini announced Tuesday that his 911 communication center received a call on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 11:05 pm from a Highland Bend Road residence stating that an elderly man showed up at her house stating that he had been robbed and beaten.
Captain John W. Murphy stated that deputies along with detectives responded to this location and were able to determine that the victim being an 84-year-old male returned home to his house located on Dixon mill road around 7:30 pm and once inside his house he was approached by a male subject who was already inside his house demanding money.
Murphy stated that the suspect assaulted the victim before dragging him to the basement where he then tied the victim up and blindfolded him. During this time the suspect appeared to be under the influence of some type of drugs. The victim was able to get untied and make it out of the basement only to be approached by the suspect who continued to assault him.
Captain John W. Murphy stated that after further investigation detectives were able to determine that the victim was forced into his own vehicle a 1999 Oldsmobile four door, white in color. The suspect then drove him to the Highland Bend area. The victim was later placed in the trunk of his own car as the suspect drove off before wrecking into a creek. The suspect fled the area leaving the victim inside the trunk of the vehicle for an unknown period of time. The victim was eventually able to escape and walked to a nearby home for help.
Captain John W. Murphy stated the victim was taken by ambulance to Southern Ohio Medical Center that resulted in him being treated and released. This in an ongoing investigation and anyone with information should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091, all calls will remain anonymous.