HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A man and woman lost the money they had for rent and utilities when two people broke in their home and held them at knifepoint early Tuesday morning. The couple lives in the 2100 block of Front Street, just off Meridian, north of Oakwood Avenue.
The home invasion happened about 5:45 a.m. The man is in a wheelchair. He said his wife went to an ATM last night around midnight, at an Exxon station nearby, and they believe the men saw her and decided to prey on her.
"I figure, they watched her draw all that cash out, and followed her back to here," the man said. He asked WHNT News 19 not to show his face or reveal his name.
The victim said he heard a knock on the door about 5:45 a.m. and told his wife, who opened the door. A man barged inside.
"When she reached to unlock the door, and started opening it, he bolted on in and knocked her backwards into the floor," the resident said.
The man continued with the threats. "I've got a gun, I've got a gun. Where's your money? I'll kill both of you."
"Give me your money, I know you got it, I know you got it," the resident described.
During the struggle, the resident was cut on the arm. The robber had a knife, but not a gun.
There was a second person standing outside the home, and called to the thief to start running away. It was very dark, and the men's clothing was also dark, so it was hard to get a description of them.
"All I could see was his eyes," the resident said.
Huntsville Police brought in extra officers and a search dog to look for the robbers. Paramedics checked on the victim and treated him on the scene.
The couple lost the money they had to pay for rent and utilities this month.
"Instead of working and making their own money, they want to take from someone else," the man told us. He believes they lost about $700.