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Man held at gunpoint in home by masked robber

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Old Shakertown Road is a quiet little street in Danville that had a home targeted by a masked robber in broad daylight.

"If I had been here, I don't think I could've took it," allowed Bessie Mae Huston, the homeowner who wasn't in the house, but another resident was.

"I was eating and when he came in he said, 'Just get on the floor," described the victim who did not want to be identified.

The man says he was sitting down to eat when a man described as wearing a blue ski mask, a blue hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and carrying a handgun simply walked in through the unlocked back door.

"That is a little alarming that someone would just come in your back door, armed with a weapon, and rob you like that," said Interim Police Chief Tony Gray, of the Danville Police Department.

When asked what his first thought was when he saw the gun, the victim replied, "Do what the hell he says."

The alleged robber ordered the man to the ground and took several hundred dollars in cash along with a week's worth of medication from Huston's pill box. The man then was seen by witnesses walking down the driveway.

"I know people could see him," figured the victim.

One witness said she spotted a man walking down the driveway to a blue car in the street, where another man was waiting to drive away. Police could not confirm if these men are a part of the crime, but they say it's a lead they're following.

"We're thankful that he removed his mask, because the lady could see him and describe him," said Elisa Jackson, who is a family member of Huston's.

Hours after the crime was committed, police had a suspect in custody. They say they arrested and charged Jeffery Armstrong with robbery and burglary. Chief Gray says his investigators will continue to work the case and check the other leads given to their department.

Gray did say this suspect description does not appear to match the descriptions given in other robberies around Danville at the Subway and Chills gas station, or the Burgin Post Office.

Still, the victims are just happy to have the man believed to be behind the crimes off the streets, saying it will help them breathe easier.

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