A good Samaritan in Hickory is rethinking his act of kindness after being robbed at gunpoint inside his home.
He said he tried to help a woman after she came to his door claiming she had run out of gas.
The disabled man, who asked not to be identified, described what happened at his home this weekend in Hickory. He showed Eyewitness News where he was knocked to the ground.
“They pulled my arms behind my back and used some type of tie on it,” he said.
Police said two men barged into the residence after he opened the front door for a woman who claimed she had run out of gas.
“Guess good Samaritans don't work anymore,” the man said. “If I'd really thought about it, I should have just picked up my phone and dialed 911. I made a stupid mistake.”
Police said the men stole a TV and a small amount of prescription medication before tying the man’s hands behind his back with plastic ties. While he was on the ground, he remembers being repeatedly stuck across his head.
“Whenever they were leaving, I kind of thought they were just going to shoot me,” he said. “(I) didn't know what to think. They said, 'Don't get up ‘til we get gone.'”
He later freed himself by going to a neighbor’s home, who cut the ties so they could call for help.
The man is more upset by what happened than by what he lost.
“Anybody that this would happen to, it would put a fear into you,” he said. “I just don't feel comfortable anymore.”
So far, police have not made an arrest in the case. A burgundy SUV was seen leaving the area around the time of the home invasion early Saturday morning.