‘I had to go buy a gun,’ grandfather says after attack at home

‘I had to go buy a gun,’ grandfather says after attack at home

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A grandfather and grandmother in Griffin were attacked in their apartment.
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  • The grandfather in Griffin said he and his wife were beaten by someone who demanded money.

An attack on a grandfather and grandmother in their Griffin apartment appears to be part of a crime trend in that area.

After he heard a knock at his door, the grandfather, whose name was withheld, opened the door and “I got knocked out,” he told Channel 2 Action News.

“I remember (the attacker) got right here and said, ‘Give me your money, give me your money,’” he told the news station.

The attacker repeatedly punched the man on the head, and when his wife begged him to stop, the man attacked her.

“She was fighting for her life,” he said.

It was the fourth violent crime to happen at the Griffin Crossings complex this year, and police have responded to two dozen calls that include theft and burglary.

“People are really reluctant to talk to us,” Mike Natale of the Griffin Police Department said. “We’re trying to bridge that gap as far as letting people understand we’re here for them.”

The fear is evident with the grandfather. He and his wife have moved because they think they may have been targeted because of their age.

“I was scared,” the grandfather said. “I had to go buy a gun.

“Everybody over there, the only security they have is to buy a gun.”

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