• Burglars beat Flagler Co. man in wheelchair


    FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - A man in a wheelchair was beaten with a baseball bat during a Flagler County home invasion Thursday.

    The victim, Rick Pettit, said he is angry and wants to strike back at his attackers.

    "I would have shot them. I would have shot them and killed them all right then and there if I could've," Pettit said.

    Pettit said he could only think about grabbing his gun when four men burst into his Bunnell mobile home.

    He was helpless as they knocked him to the ground and said he hardly got a look at them.

    "When you're down on the floor and they're beating you with a ball bat and kicking you, it's hard to tell what size they were," Pettit said.

    Pettit said they came armed with an aluminum baseball bat around 11 p.m Thursday.

    Pettit heard them approaching and thought it was a friend. His door was unlocked.

    Pettit said he spends a lot of his time on his porch. He said all of his neighbors know him. They also know he is in a wheelchair, which is one of the reasons he thinks he became a target.

    "They were saying, 'Where's the stuff, where's the stuff, where's the stuff?" and I said, 'I don't know what you're talking about,'" Pettit said.

    Pettit believes the men came for his pills, which they did not take. They did leave with three shotguns and his wallet full of credit cards and cash. Pettit suffered some cuts and scrapes.

    Next time, he said he won't be caught off-guard.

    "If I recognize any of them and they step foot on my property or come at me and try to come in my door again at night, I will blow their heads off," Pettit said.

    The victim described the men as four black males who covered their faces.

    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office is still looking for leads in this case.

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