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Home invasion victim speaks out about violent attack

March 16, 2008

Tifton -- John Alexander is lucky to be alive. He said, "He put a pistol behind my back and said he was gonna blow my brains out - your head off."

The 65-year-old is referring to the violent encounter that happened just after 6:00 Saturday morning when two black men came knocking on the door of his home in the 500 block of Elm Street in Tifton.

He said, "I went to open the door and I said , Who is it? I opened it, and he came out with this big black pistol."

Alexander says the two men had T-shirts wrapped around the their faces, and held him at gunpoint while demanding money.

"Where's the money? Where's the money? I know you got some money. You don't ever spend no money. I had some money, but I said you gonna have to put me away. That's the last money I got. That's the words I told him," said an injured Alexander who now has a bandage covering a cut near his left eye and a bump on his head. Those were the injuries he received when he was pistol whipped after not giving in to the robber's demands.

"One of them hit me in the head with a pistol. I think it was the tall one. See right there. It just busted me right there. I just sat back bleeding like a hog," he said.

The suspects ran from Alexander's home but not before firing off a shot. Luckily he wasn't hit, and the suspects got away empty handed. Now police are lookout for the two men.

"We're following up on active leads. Hopefully, we can find somebody to hold accountable for this," said Detective Raleigh Coarsey with the Tifton Police Department.

And while it was no doubt a frightening Saturday morning for Alexander, he's thankful he's still around to talk about it.

Both suspects are described as men in their 20's or 30's, one of them standing about 5 foot 10 inches in height. The other suspect is just over 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tifton Police Department.

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