By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer
A 72-year-old Clovis man suffered a broken leg in a failed attempt to fend off a robbery with a bag of turnips.
Larry Porter is being treated at a Lubbock hospital after police said two men robbed him in front of his home.
Porter had just exited his vehicle at his residence on the west section of Manana Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Monday when he was approached by the suspects, Capt. Patrick Whitney said.
The victim told police he saw the men but didn’t pay any attention until they spoke to him.
Porter told police one of the suspects asked him, “What do you have for us, dog?” and when he said he didn’t have anything, the suspect struck him in the face.
Porter told police a struggle ensued and he attempted to fend off his attackers with a bag of turnips and coffee mug he was holding. However, his right leg gave out and he fell to the sidewalk.
“He tried to defend himself as best he could with his bag of turnips,” Whitney said, but told police he was rendered helpless when he fell.
Porter reported the men frisked him, taking $700 in cash from his pocket and a Timex watch he was wearing, then fled.
A woman walking through the neighborhood came to his aid and called police when she heard Porter calling for help.
Whitney said Porter also suffered facial injuries and lacerations to his hand.
Whitney said police are looking at “some persons of interest.”
Porter and his family could not be reached for comment.
Whitney said the case is an example of why, especially during the holiday season, residents need to pay close attention to their neighborhoods and surroundings, reporting things that seem suspicious.
“You really, really need to be paying attention to what’s going on around you. They’re looking for you, you need to be looking for them,” he said.
“Unfortunately that’s what most criminals are, they’re predators. They’re looking to see who’s not paying attention.”