Police: Elderly Man Beaten, Robbed by Delivery Man
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An 88-year-old man is fighting for his life Sunday, after taking a brutal beating from a robber inside his own home. Police said the suspect they have in custody has been to the home before.
It happened last Saturday at a home on W. 44th St. near Pennsylvania Ave. in the Westport area, but he wasn’t discovered until Tuesday.
Kenny Johnson’s grandson, William Michael Tunley, said he grew up in the home and his grandfather basically raised him. But he said neighbors called him saying they had not seen him for a few days.
“That’s kind of awkward or unusual because he usually takes his trash out or reads his newspaper, does things like that on a normal basis,” Tunley said. “I actually found him on the floor with the gash on the back of his head, and just really bad condition,” he said.
Court documents with Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office state Johnson was struck several times in the head and body, and robbed by Eric Patton.
Patton used to work for the Rent-a-Center on Main St. near 38th St. Detectives said business records reveal Patton went to the home for a delivery and to service the victim’s television earlier this year. They said when the T.V. went missing after the robbery, they traced it to a pawn shop. They said it was pawned for $100 by Patton. Detectives said Patton eventually confessed to everything.
Tunley said his grandfather already suffered health problems, but despite it, he would’ve given you anything if you just asked.
“He was a really good guy. I’d say he had a longevity life, he just wanted to live forever. And he loved everything to be just very routine. He was just a good guy, he was just a good old man,” Tunley said. “He took us out to play basketball and as a kid he just did a lot for me. So he’s there for me all my life,” he said.
Tunley said his grandfather wanted to live until he was 100-years-old. But he said his grandfather is still in serious condition.
Patton is being charged with assault in the first degree, and robbery in the second degree.