Elderly man tied up, robbed at gunpoint in Clinton Township home

"He's a nice guy. I'm surprised anyone would do that to him," said Michael Hughes, a neighbor.

People in the quiet Clinton Township neighborhood were puzzled and worried when they heard their elderly neighbor could've been killed.

"I thought it was terrible. I've lived here for 45 years and nothing like this has really happened around here," said Jackie Robinson, a friend of the victim.

Clinton Township police say around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 75-year-old man, living on Webster Street was out watering his backyard garden - a daily routine his friends say, he enjoys.

"He lost his wife about a year ago and just hangs around and takes care of his property and works on his garden," said Robinson.

Police say a thief – armed with a gun – snuck past the elderly man and broke into his home. Not knowing the robber was inside -- the homeowner walked back inside and came face-to-face with the intruder, who pointed a gun at his face.

"You put a gun in someone's head, you never know if that gun’s going to go off," said Robinson.

The homeowner was too afraid to speak with Fox 2, but police say the robber tied the man's hands together, and pushed him into a bathtub -- whipping the curtain closed -- telling him not to look at his face. He thief then, demanded money.

"That's crazy for someone to do something like that," said Hughes.”

Police say the robber then, forced the man into a bed, covered him with a blanket - again, so he wouldn't see his face – and grabbed whatever valuables he could find.

“That's scary, it really is,” said Hughes. “I can only imagine what he’s going through right now."

Then, the robber forced the elderly man - still tied up - into a closet and wrapped an extension cord around the door knobs to keep him inside.

Police say right now the only description they have of that suspect -- is a black male with a dark complexion, in his 30s or 40s, about 5-feet 8 inches tall and 220 lbs He was last seen wearing dark clothing and possibly a hat.

He spent about 10 minutes inside the house. Police say the robber got away with cash, the man's wallet and golf clubs -- and his 2017 red Jeep Cherokee -- with license plate CJZ 5010. Meanwhile that victim was able to free himself and call police. He’s shaken up but thankfully, not hurt.

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