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A rash of assaults on elderly men in Southeast Texas has authorities wondering if they are connected.
LITTLE CYPRESS- By Jennifer Gordy
A rash of attacks on elderly men in Southeast Texas has authorities wondering if the crimes are connected.
Little Cypress Fire Captain Carl Westbrook says, "He was completely unaware of what happened." Westbrook says aside from a serious car wreck, he has never seen such severe injuries. He treated 83 year old Earl Tipton after Tipton regained consciousness somehow making his way to this fire station after being brutally attacked at his residence in the 800 block of West Bluff. Mr Tipton had just returned to his house early in the afternoon after running errands when he heard a knock on the door. He answered it a black male pushed his way in assaulted him and stole his wallet.
Orange County Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson says, "He was hit on the side of the head and mouth. So, it was a pretty violent act." So violent. Tipton had an intercranial hemorrhage -- bleeding in the brain -- and ended up in intensive care. A similar incident occurred the next morning in Nederland involving an 81 year old man. Hodgkinson says, "There's a good chance they could be related just because it's the same "MO", they are trying in other jurisdictions where they prey on elderly and take their money where they won't give them any resistance." But, one of Tipton's neighbors says he is always prepared. Larry Lindgren says, "I'm what you would call elderly and i'm going on 70, but I'm aware of my surroundings and I have the where with all to protect myself." The two victims last week were caught totally unaware after returning home. Hodgkinson says, "In these cases that we're dealing with, they are following them right up to their house and as soon as they get in that's when they are making contact with them. So, if you have an instant knock at your door right after you get home look out to see who it is." And keep your doors locked.