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June 4, 2007

Cordele--A man responsible for a home invasion in Crisp County is the same man who could be charged with murder. Unfortunately, he remains on the loose.

Police need your help to find him and put him behind bars. He attacked and robbed an elderly man in his home.

Crime scene tape still guards the home of 83-year-old Sammy Clements.

"He just was a nice, old guy. He was friendly with everybody," says Eugene Walker.

Walker lived next door to Clements on the 400 Block of Ninth Avenue East. Tuesday, around 10:30 PM, Clements became the target of a home invasion.

"I seen a police up there, the police, and the detectives, and all that. I didn't know what was going on," says Clements.

"According to Mr. Clements, a black male, about six foot tall, around 200 pounds, had kicked in his door," says police chief Dwayne Orrick.

Once the intruder got into Clements' home, the two men began to fight. The attacker eventually got away with an undetermined amount of money. Clements remained inside the home with injuries to his head.

Clements refused medical attention. Two days later he was found dead inside his home.

"It was a bruising on his head that may have been attributed to his death," says Orrick.

Now the community Clements once called home, remains on alert--especially since the elderly man's attacker remains at large.

"It makes me feel like I have to watch myself more because no telling what can happen at any given time. If they'll do him old like that, they'll do it to me," says Walker.

Police chief Dwayne Orrick says investigators are currently questioning several people of interest, but he's asking the public for help.

"If you've seen somebody that had money, that normally wouldn't have money, or might have said something they don't need to let any information go unreported."

In the meantime, Walker hopes his neighbor's attacker will do the right thing--and turn himself in.

"It's going to come back to haunt you," warns Walker.

If you have any information about the attack on Sammy Clements, you're asked to called Cordele Police at 229-276-2929.

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