UPDATE: Victims of robbery able to describe one of suspects

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Friday, January 4, 2019

SALLEY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- According to police, the victims of a home invasion were able to describe one of the suspects.

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SALLEY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Police are on the hunt for two men who forcibly entered an elderly couple's home and attacked them before robbing them.

It happened yesterday morning between Perry and Salley. The victims are recovering from their injuries and the police are on the hunt for the two men.

The details are still very puzzling to many people. People who live in the neighborhood say this is a normally quiet community and this shouldn't happen here. Police are picking up the pieces but everyone is understandably shaken.

Just past a winding dirt road on a farm sits the home of 87-year-old Earl Toole and his wife. A place the couple should feel protected.

"They're just such great people and a pillar of the community," said Chris Hartley, a neighbor.

But for the past couple of months, it's been anything but safe. The sheriff's office confirms the Tooles' were the victims of another attempted break-in on December 1st when someone tried to kick their door in but it held.

"Something like that to have it happen it's just outrageous," said Hartley.

Chris Hartley, a neighbor, was one of the first on the scene yesterday after earl and his wife were robbed.

The suspects, two black men, asked Earl if they could use his phone when he answered the door.

"Said they were out of gas then they turned around and just started beating them with a pistol," said Hartley. "I saw the police putting crime tape across it about broke my heart."

The Tooles weren't just robbed. Earl and his wife were tied down to the floor with cables while the suspects went through their home. An incident report from Aiken County says the two had abrasions and swelling injuries.

"I talked to them earlier today and they're doing a little better," said Hartley.

The couple was released from the hospital and were back home this morning.

"I think our community is a great community. It's a very close-knit community," said Hartley.

Hartley has known the Toole's his entire life and today he's still wondering why?

"I just don't understand how people can do that to other people," said Hartley.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office and the Salley Police Department are encouraging anyone who might know something to contact them. One clue could lead to the break they need.

1:43 p.m.

SALLEY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Aiken County deputies are searching for two suspects who they say forcibly entered an elderly couple's home and attacked them before robbing them.

87-year-old Earl Toole and his 80-year-old wife, Henrietta, were both inside their home on Festival Trail Road, in Salley, Wednesday around 9:34 a.m when someone knocked on the door.

According to a report, Earl answered the door and an unknown black suspect asked to use his phone because his car ran out of gas. When Earl turned to get the phone, he says the man forced his way into the home before another suspect came inside as well.

Toole told deputies he and his wife tried to fight off the men for a few minutes before they were overpowered and tied up.

Once Toole was able to free himself, he cut his wife's restraints then ran to the neighbor's house to call 911.

There was some swelling on the top of Earl's head, and he said the suspects hit him with something. He told deputies one of the suspects had some type of handgun.

The suspects took Toole's wallet, some cash, went through the house and ransacked it.

Henriette Toole had a blue mark on her face and part of her ankle was swollen.

Investigators only have a vague description of the suspects. They can only say the suspects wore dark clothing and were black males about six feet tall.

Check back with News 12 for the latest in this developing story.