Bobby James Turner was hit in the head nine times when criminals invaded his home in Aiken. (WRDW-TV / June 27, 2012)
News 12 at First at Five / Wednesday, June 27, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. -- One Aiken man is changed forever after two armed men showed up at his home on Tuesday night.
"They threatened to kill me so many times last night, I thought they were going to do it. I didn't know if the gun was loaded. I didn't want to find out,” said Bobby James Turner less than 24 hours later.
The 21-year-old and his fiancee, Casandra, still can't control their nerves. She keeps a knife at her side. Turner has a pipe wrench handy in case he has to protect their lives.
"I'm scared to go to sleep. I'm scared to leave her at home. I couldn't even go to work today,” he told News 12.
The Aiken Department of Public Safety says two armed men broke into their apartment at Glendale Terrace. Turner says one carried a shotgun or rifle and the other had a handgun.
"I got hit in the head nine times. Nine times,” he recalled.
He was pistol-whipped so hard an ambulance had to take him to Aiken Regional. The two men ran off with wallets, a PlayStation 3, cellphones and prescription medication. Turner says he believes the whole thing was an inside job. He says one of the men called him by name and looked familiar, even with a bandana covering part of his face.
"There is a possibility of that,” said Cpl. Jeremy Hembree with the Aiken Department of Public Safety. “It's still in its beginning stages. Our investigators are speaking with the victim."
Hembree says they'll get additional statements from the victims soon. Hopefully, he says, that will give them more information to find suspects that could be living only doors down.
"I know what you look like, and you just messed up by coming to my house,” said Turner to the unknown suspects.
Ultimately, he says he's a changed man after Tuesday night.
"If my little boy was here, what if they'd have killed my son? Because they damn sure come in here and was threatening to kill us,” he said.
The incident report states the robbers were both black males and likely in their 20s or 30s. One wore a tan Carhartt jacket, blue jeans and had short hair. The other wore a black hoodie, a blue bandana and black Converse All Stars.
In the incident report, Turner also told police the apartment nearby where he thinks the suspects live.
If you have any information related to this case, contact the Aiken Department of Public Safety.