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80-year-old man knocked to ground, robbed at gunpoint in home invasion

Published: Mar. 24, 2015 at 10:44 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2015 at 6:44 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Three teens are now in custody after leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

Lubbock police have arrested 17-year-old Mathew Villanueva and two 16-year-olds.

They said two of the teens were linked to a home invasion that happened Monday morning.

Police say Villanueva and a 16-year-old suspect knocked 80-year-old Joe Goddard to the ground and held a gun to his head. Goddard says he's still shaken up by the whole thing.

Goddard had just gotten home from dropping his wife off at her aerobics class when two Hispanic teens knocked on his door asking for $5 for gas.

Goddard told them no and shut the door.

He said he didn't really think much of it, until about 15 minutes later when he answered the door and the same two teens standing there.

He said one of them was wearing a red bandana around his face and said he was from Louisiana.

When they knocked him to the ground, Goddard said one of them held him at gunpoint while the other searched for his wallet.

Goddard says they took his wallet that contained about $140 in it and something sentimental - silver that belonged to his late wife.

After the two teens left his home, Goddard called 911:

"Are they in the house still or..? No, no they just left. They had little guns, but I don't know if they were real or not."

EMS transported Goddard to Covenant, and he was released shortly after.

Goddard faced war and served several years in the military, but he never expected something like this to happen in his own home.

Lubbock police said that home invasions do not happen often, and that cases like this one, where the victim does not know the suspects at all, are very rare.

LPD said that if anything does not feel right, listen to your instincts.

They said if you have already told someone to leave your property, don't be afraid to call police if they knock on your door a second time.

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