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Elderly man tied to chair, pistol whipped, stabbed by suspects who may have followed him home from Summerfest

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WATERFORD -- An elderly man was tied to a chair in his Waterford home, pistol whipped and stabbed by suspects who then stole cash, officials with the Racine County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, July 5th, and deputies say the suspects may have followed him home from Summerfest.

It happened early Wednesday, around 12:30 a.m. Officials say the man was buying and selling tickets outside Summerfest, and soon, it appears two men followed him to Racine County.

Sheriff's officials said a report came in regarding an elderly man "calling for help in the roadway" in the area near Elm Island Drive near Tamarack Trail in Waterford. First responders found the victim had been stabbed. He sustained multiple blunt force injuries to his face.

"It just doesn't happen here. It just doesn't," a neighbor said.

He told investigators he believed he was followed him from Milwaukee. He said two black men in their early to  mid-20s entered his home, and pointed a gun at him. He reported being tied to a chair in his home, pistol whipped and stabbed. The suspects then left with an undetermined amount of cash.

The victim was able to free himself, and he made it to the roadway, where he called out for help. A neighbor said she found him covered in blood and called 911.

"I could see his arm was all full of blood," the neighbor said. "Ten years ago something similar happened to him, and he got shot in the arm. They followed him into the house and they shot him in the arm."

He was taken to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life for treatment of serious injuries.

"Strange things happen in small places. Who would ever expect this? We need to find out who is responsible, and find out what's going on," a neighbor said.

This incident is under investigation by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau. Please contact Detective Vandervest at 262-636-3174 with any information.

Information may also be provided to Crime Stoppers of Racine County at 888-636-9330 or online HERE.