SACRAMENTO, CA - An 89-year-old man was beaten on the floor of his living room Monday during a violent home invasion robbery.
It began when the doorbell rang at Denis Naylor's home in the 3500 block of Ridgewood Way in northeast Sacramento.
"I can't remember his name, who he asked for. I said, 'no, you're at the wrong house,'" Naylor said.
"Ten minutes later, I heard a bang. A terrible bang. I thought it was thunder."
Naylor had just heard the sound of his rear sliding glass door being shot out by a .45-caliber pistol.
Moments late,r the gunman was on him.
"He says, 'I want your money, all the money. Now!' I said, 'Well, it's all in the bank, what I have. And he kept on kicking me and trying to make me give in kind of thing, you know. Which I didn't," Naylor said.
As one individual held Naylor at gunpoint, the other ransacked his house. Naylor worried about his wife of 65 years, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
"He was in the bedrooms emptying all the drawers, tipping them all out and seeing what I had," said Naylor, who by then was dripping blood and worried that his arm might be broken.
It turned out only his nose was broken, the result of a kick from his assailant.
"And I have arthritis in my knees. And I was trying to get up with the rocking chair. And he kicked that over to stop me getting up," Naylor said.
The attackers left the house after nearly an hour, apparently not taking anything.
"There were two suspects, both were black male adults in their mid-20s. They stood an average of 5-8, with medium build and they were wearing dark clothing," Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman said.
Investigators have dusted for fingerprints and are hoping they may find a match in a law enforcement database.
"We need to find these people as soon as possible," Bowman said.
Naylor, who grew up in Liverpool, England, is relieved he wasn't more seriously injured and said he regrets he couldn't fight back.
"I couldn't fight back because he had this gun out, you know, and what can you do. If somebody's got a gun on you?"
Sheriff's investigators would like to hear from anyone who may have information.