A robber recently tried to hold up 92-year-old WWII veteran Hugh Mathis and his wife Ruby. But as the potential thief found out, being old doesn’t mean someone will roll over and let you run off with their money.
The couple invited 25-year-old Robert Kelly Jr. into their home on Monday after Kelly asked to use their phone.
“I was so proud of him when he told me he was going to college,” Ms. Mathis said of Kelly. “I thought that was great and let him come in and use the phone.”
But within seconds of entering their home, Kelly pulled a knife on Mr. Mathis.
“He stuck the knife out there and said 'Give me your money,' and I said 'You go to hell!'” Mathis said.
“They were talking real low, and I came in to see what it was and when I did he was standing in front of Hugh with a knife saying, 'Give me the money out of your pocket,’ so when I heard that I ran to the bedroom and got the gun,” Ms. Mathis said.
When it became apparent the elderly couple wasn’t afraid of Kelly, he sprinted out of the house.
“He ran out the door. I was getting up to get a club and then I was going to work him over real good,” Mr. Mathis said.
Police arrested Kelly within hours of the event. He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on $1.5 million bond.
From now on, Ms. Mathis says she’ll think twice before trusting even a seemingly well-intentioned stranger.
“I learned a lesson. I won't open the door again, I don't care how much I think I know someone,” she said.