A 93-year-old resident tells a police dispatcher in a 911 recording released Wednesday that two men jumped him when he opened his garage door and that he thinks his leg was broken during the assault.
Police appealed for help identifying the assailants.
The man, who is not being identified because the suspects have not been arrested, was on his garage floor when he talked to the dispatcher about the Feb. 20 robbery and attack.
“I’m lying in the garage on my back,” he says politely in the recording obtained by the Star-Telegram. “And I think I got a broken leg.”
In a matter-of-fact tone, he says: “Two guys jumped on me when I opened the garage door. And then tried to steal my money. I guess they did.”
Patrol officers responded to the 911 call about 5:22 a.m. in the 8700 block of Woodstair Drive.
Initially, the man called his granddaughter, who called 911. The dispatcher then called the man, who answered after five rings.
“They jumped on me in the dark when I opened the garage door,” the man says in the recording. “They didn’t show any weapon. Two guys and I’m not sure … sounded like a woman was talking somewhere.”
At one point, the man asks the dispatcher not to talk so fast because he can’t understand her.
“I’m hurting,” he says.
The man was leaving that morning to run errands, police said.
He could not describe the attackers, other than to say they were wearing black.
He remains calm as the dispatcher tries to get details for responding patrol officers: “Honey, when I opened the garage door, somebody hit me and knocked me to the ground. That’s all I know right now.”
Police found the man near his car, bleeding and with a leg injury.
“The victim gave one of the suspects his wallet, hoping they would leave,” investigator Keith Bauman said in a news release, adding that the assailants tried to enter the house but fled when they couldn’t.
The man is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Anyone who may have been in the neighborhood on the morning of Feb. 20 or with information on the case is asked to call North Richland Hills police at 817-427-7000.
Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763