Elderly man followed home from gas station, robbed

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

September 20, 2006

Two men are still on the run tonight, four days after robbing an elderly Beech Island man of $500.

On Saturday, 79-year-old Oneil Butler was followed home and attacked in his own backyard.

Thankfully, the husband and father of five escaped unharmed.

No doubt it's a story he'll tell at holiday dinners for years to come: how his decision to not fight back may just have saved his life.

Butler never thought his backyard would be a crime scene.

"I want 'em caught and put behind bars for many, many, many years," he told News 12.

The 79-year old is left looking back at a scary Saturday afternoon. He was followed from Greg's gas station off of Highway 1 to his Beech Island home, where he was robbed.

"I looked back down to see the mistake I made."

That mistake, he says, was flashing a thick roll of cash while checking out. The $500 caught the eye of two money-hungry men.

"All they knew is I pulled the money out of this left pocket," Butler said. "They saw that, they didn't know how much it was. But they knew exactly which pocket it was in."

After eyeing the loot, they followed Butler to his home.

Near a gas pump in his yard, they put him in a choke hold, threatened him with a gun, and escaped with his money and a $200 pair of eyeglasses.

Luckily, Butler got to keep the ring his wife charlotte gave him as a gift.

But even with surveillance video obtained by investigators, no arrests have been made, and Butler is still shaken by the whole thing.

"You're not going to have someone try to run over you if you can help it, but after he flashed that gun, I didn't have a choice."

Investigators are still looking for the two suspects.

Both are described as black males. One is about 6' weighing between 180 and 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing baggy jeans.

The other is between 5'7'' and 5'10'', weighing 140 pounds.

They were driving a beige or brown Toyota sedan with a sunroof.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559-TIPS.


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