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Last updated on Monday, February 27, 2012
(HAMILTON COUNTY)- Police are searching for two gunmen who allegedly robbed and attacked a Westfield homeowner late Friday.
Greg Roudebush, 66, said about 9:30 p.m., thieves ransacked his home while he was away. When he returned home, he was greeted by two armed men wearing ski masks.
"As the garage door went down, they came in under it. I got out of my car and they got in my face with (a gun) and said, 'On your knees or I'll blow your (expletive) head off,'" Roudebush said.
With a gun in his face, Roudebush said the men handcuffed him before demanding money and guns.
"Someone's setting me up because they knew my first name and they knew when I go to church. They said they know when I go and when I come back," he said.
Roudebush said he cooperated with the men and took them inside his home to get the money and firearms they demanded.
Police said the thieves got away with $8,000, 16 guns, two TVs, jewelry and pain medicine. Roudebush said the men loaded the items into a pickup truck and made him hide in a crawl space before driving off.
"They put me in the crawl space and pulled the car over it in the garage so I couldn't get out. They told me if I got out before daylight, they would kill me," Roudebush said.
Still handcuffed, Roudebush escaped and called for help.
"I came in and punched the police button (on the alarm keypad) with my nose," he said.
Police said they found Roudebush's empty pickup truck 30 minutes later in the driveway of a nearby abandoned house.
Roudebush said he was thankful to have escaped from the ordeal unharmed, but he also had a warning for his attackers.
"I hope you don't see me on the news for shooting someone, but you may. If I find out who set me up, Lord have mercy on me," he said. "They'll never get me in handcuffs again after watching me on television. If you shove that gun in my face again, you might as well just shoot me because I'm coming after that gun if I have to. I'm going to have a gun, too. They're not going to catch me off guard again."
Although the attackers wore gloves, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said they will process Roudebush's truck for fingerprints and DNA as part of their investigation.
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