A 69-year-old South Bend resident woke up bloodied and tied up with electrical cord on the floor of his home Monday night. His TV, wallet and red Dodge Caravan were gone.
How did it happen? Police say a woman and two men got into the home after the woman asked the 69-year-old homeowner if she could use his bathroom on Monday night.
“Somebody hit me from somewhere,” the resident told Newscenter 16 on Tuesday after he arrived home from the hospital. “They had tied me up, and I called the police and told them what happened.”
Police responded to his call around 10:30 p.m. The home is in the 100-block of North Gladstone Avenue, near LaSalle Park.
The man has lived in his home for more than 30 years. On Tuesday morning, blood spots were visible on his shirt. Wounds on his face were fresh, including stitches over his eyebrow. That eye was swollen shut.
"He never bothered anybody, he went right in his house,” said Michele Gates, a neighbor. “I feel very sick to my stomach that people would do that to him," she said.
The 69-year-old man, still in shock over the incident, says he recognized one of the three people who were waiting for him on Monday night.
"You don't trust nobody no more,” he said. “That’s really sad, you can't trust nobody no more.”