Man says he was robbed, beaten with his own cane

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Andy Anderson says he heard a knock at his front door around 8:00 Thursday morning. He says his wife had just come from a procedure at the hospital Wednesday and he thought it might be someone to check on her. Instead, he says, a man forced his way in and shoved him to the ground.

"I thought it was a joke to begin with. I was trying to recognize him or recognize what was going on," Anderson said.

Anderson uses a cane to get around. He says a friend made it for him more than 15 years ago.

"Didn't know it would ever be used for a weapon," he said.

He says the man hit him with the cane several times.

"He took my money clip, took the money out, threw the clip on the coffee table and he said 'I got a gun. I'm going to kill your wife' and he went back to the bedroom," Anderson said.

That's when he says he was able to go next door for help from his neighbor, Mondre Suanders.

"I knew Mondre, he could handle him," Anderson said.

Saunders says just as he came outside, the man took off in Anderson's car.

"He said he's stealing my car, so I jumped in my car and took off after his car," Saunders said.

Saunders says he ran out of gas not far away, but police say they caught up with the car when it crashed along Liberty Road. They arrested the man they say was driving, James Cushingberry, Jr.

"Who does that? I mean, come on man. He's 70-something years old," Saunders said.

Police charged Cushingberry with robbery and reckless driving.

UPDATE: (5/30/14)

Cushingberry was supposed to be arraigned this afternoon, instead the case was moved up to 8:30 on June 5th.


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