A Murfreesboro man is recovering in the hospital tonight after a violent home invasion by a man with a knife. He tried to fight back, but the crook still managed to steal his prescription medication.
When William "Mike" Cook opened the door of his University Terrace Apartment around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, a man barged in yelling, "I want the drugs!"
Cook wouldn't give up the prescription medication without a fight. He struggled with the home invader who hit him so hard in the head with a closed fist, it dazed him.
"He claims that once the suspect entered the apartment and was able to fight him off initially, but was struck in the head and was unconscious for about 20 minutes," said Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro police spokesman.
Before Cook passed out, police said he told the man where he kept his medication.
The thief got away with oxycodone, a powerful pain killer, which pharmacists said sells for about $15 a pill on the streets. He also stole diazepam, an anti-anxiety medicine, and trazodone, an anti-depressant used for insomnia, which has the same effect as Viagra.
"It's amazing what people would do for pills," said neighbor Michael Price.
Price was shocked to hear something like this could happen so close to home.
"I just moved here about two weeks ago, and it's shocking to hear something like that right next door to my apartment while I was asleep," Price said.
Police said Cook is wheelchair-bound and only has one leg.
"That's kind of messed up for somebody to run in there and robbed someone in a wheelchair, as helpless as he is, and then have that kind of audacity to harm somebody in that kind of way," Price said.
The 62-year-old victim suffered a minor injury to his right temple and was taken to the hospital to be treated. There could be more to this story besides just a robbery; police suspect he may have been peddling pills.
"We are also investigating to how this individual knew there were prescription medicines inside this apartment, in addition to the home invasion itself," Evans said.
Cook is recovering in a local hospital, while police are still searching for the home invasion suspect.
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