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Robbers beat, rob 87-year-old Clairemont man during home invasion, police say

San Diego police
Posted at 7:25 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 23:47:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- An 87-year-old man was beaten during a home invasion in Clairemont Wednesday afternoon.

According to San Diego Police, the incident happened on the 4600 block of Firestone Street at 3:02 p.m.

Police say three men forced their way into the 87-year-old man’s home before beating and robbing him.

"All of a sudden three guys come plowing through my front door, said 'this is a robbery.' I said, 'Come on ... I got nothing here for you.' Which didn’t dissuade them," said Paul Schmidt.

Schmidt told 10News he was working on a ceiling fan with the door open when the men broke in.

“I had scissors laying there, he grabbed the scissors and he threatened me with it. He said, 'There’s three of us and one of you, and we’re robbing you.' And what could I do, maybe one or two guys I can handle, but three ..." Schmidt added.

Schmidt says he fought back, grabbing one of the robber's beards before one of the men held scissors to his throat.

"The guy with the beard, he was the meanest, he seemed to be the lead, but he was higher than a kite," Schmidt said.

The robbers were able to get away with Schmidt's wallet as well as his red pickup truck and some smaller items.

Police arrested two suspects in the attack on July 25. Both suspects have, as of Monday, been charged with robbery, elder abuse and auto theft.

The suspects were identified as John Slobig, 59 and Terry Jones, 53. Police say a third suspect is still outstanding and the victim’s vehicle was returned.