Longview Police Detectives are asking the community for help with an aggravated robbery case that landed an 80-year-old victim in the hospital.
On July 31, 2010 at around 5:07 p.m., Longview officers were dispatched to a Longview area hospital by emergency room personnel after the victim, John Morris, was brought in by his wife with a head injury.
Mrs. Morris told officers that two men had robbed and beaten Mr. Morris at their bait shop they operate beside their home in the 400 block of West Pliler Precise Road. Mrs. Morris said that around 4:30 p.m., two men arrived at the bait shop in a white or tan, older model, four-door passenger car and Mr. Morris walked next door from his home to help them, thinking they were customers. After several minutes, Mrs. Morris saw the vehicle drive away, but Mr. Morris did not come back inside the house. When Mrs. Morris went to investigate, she found Mr. Morris lying on the ground inside the bait shop bleeding heavily from a wound to his head. Mr. Morris’s wallet containing cash, credit cards and VA insurance paperwork were missing.
The suspects were described as two black males and they left behind a foam minnow bucket at the bait shop.
It is believed the two suspects had been to the Morris’s bait shop before and may frequent local fishing areas. If anyone has information about the suspect’s identity, they are urged to contact Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP or online at www.greggcountycrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.