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Jewett man knew one of his attackers

Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014, 12:27 PM EDT
JEWETT, Ohio -- Jewett police are investigating a violent home invasion that took place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence located at 101 Wheeling Lake Erie Street.
They say a 71-year-old man who lives alone opened the door for a woman he knew, letting her, another female, and man inside. When he went to the fridge to offer them a drink, police say he was attacked from behind beaten and tied up while the suspects ransacked his home.
The brutal attack happened in broad daylight.
"As he went to the refrigerator, the male grabbed him by the back of his neck," Jewett Police Chief Ron Carter said. "They tied him up with his own fan chord, which they cut, and they used duct tape to tie him down to a chair."
While the man was restrained, the trio made their way through the home, even getting keys to a safe and stealing roughly $4,500 in cash and coins.
Police said the victim was able to free himself and make his way to a neighbor's home, where he called for help.
"(He was) badly beaten with facial injuries, an eye injury, and he was having trouble with his throat area," Carter said. "Upon questing him, he stated that three individuals -- one who was known to him -- came into his house."
Police described a gruesome scene, saying the beating happened in a bathroom, which was found bloodied.  Detectives from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office helped to process the scene and are assisting in the investigation.
"The attackers were in their 20s and 30s," Carter said. "So to be tied up and duct taped in your own house. There was no need for the violence to occur he was already tied up no reason."
Police do say they have an idea of who they are looking for, and that people in the village should not be alarmed.
"These subjects to no have ties to Jewett and we have extra officers on patrol," Carter said. "This wasn't a random act this was a planned act against this individual."
Police believe the suspects may be in the Jefferson County area.

Jewett man knew one of his attackers

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