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Victim in Bristol home invasion speaks out

By Meaghan Smith, msmith@wcyb.com
Published On: Nov 06 2013 04:54:58 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 06 2013 11:00:00 PM CST

A violent home invasion in Bristol, Tennessee sent a man to the hospital. Almost a week after the crime, police are still searching for the culprit.

BRISTOL, Tenn. -

A violent home invasion in Bristol, Tennessee sent a man to the hospital. Almost a week after the crime, police are still searching for the culprit.

The victim tells us he's still living in fear after being brutally beaten and robbed inside his home. 

The 58-year-old man asked us not to identify him. He says last Tuesday he was sitting inside his Big Valley Drive home when he heard a knock at the door around 9 p.m. 

He answered the door and says he came face to face with a robber armed with a shotgun. 

The victim says he was forced back inside his home and tied to a chair while the robber went room to room stealing money, electronics and prescription pills.

At one point he tried to escape, but was caught. "He hit me in the chest with the butt of the gun. I fell over because my feet were tied together and he started hitting me with the butt of the gun," says the victim.

The man says after the robber left, he was able to get help.

So far, no arrests have been made. Bristol police tell us this is the first home invasion inside the city limits in almost two years.

They believe this is an isolated event and are still investigating why the victim was targeted.