Veteran robbed, assaulted in Fayetteville home


One of the suspects was a man who had warned the victim to stay away from guys in the neighborhood who would take advantage of him!

For Danny Robinette, life is a struggle.

"In 2005, I had throat cancer and two years ago I had pancreatic cancer," said Robinette.

The 62 year old is a cancer survivor and a fighter, but the former soldier said he was no match for two guys who came into his mobile home and stole his television while he was watching it.

"There was not much I could do," said Robinette. "They were younger than me, and I am not physically able, but it's like my old self kicked in. I got to do something. I just can't stand here and look like a wuss so I stood up."

He says that's when one of the guys hit him in the stomach and knocked him to the floor. He recognized one of them.

Robinette has lived in the mobile home for a couple of months. He said it was just a chance encounter, but he met one of the guys while out for a walk. He said that guy told him, "Don't trust any of the guys who hang out here. They will take advantage of you."

That man, 23-year-old Jeffrey Pomeroy, is now charged with stealing Robinette's TV and assaulting him. A second suspect remains at large.

Robinette says he let the two into his mobile home to use the phone and bathroom.  For an act of kindness, he said they stole his TV, along with his dignity, and trust.

"I used to be what I thought was a good judge of character, but I guess I am getting older and ain't as good as I used to be," said Robinette.

His body is gaunt and frail, but he still has the spirit of a soldier. Heeding the advice of his attacker, he is a lot less trusting of anyone who knocks on his door.

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