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Two women arrested in burglary of war vet

Feb. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

FORT GAY, W.Va. -- Two women were arrested Friday after they attacked and robbed an elderly man in his home last week said Wayne County Sheriff's Sgt. S.G. Poff.

Clintona Thompson, 38, and Christy Caudill, 33, each were charged with felony armed robbery and felony burglary 10 days after they attacked a man at his home in Fort Gay, Poff said.

The victim, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran, told police he was afraid for his life after two women entered his home along Sunnyside Road on Jan. 22, which also happened to be the victim's birthday, Poff said.

The victim said one of the women struck him in the head with a tire iron, and the women proceeded to steal cash from him in a brief struggle, Poff said.

"Once they had the cash, they took him to the bathroom and cleaned him up," Poff said. "They refused to leave the house until this man promised not to call police. He promised, and they left."

Poff said the man did not contact police for another four days, and, by then, it was apparent the victim was in fear for his life.

"The victim was just in a constant state of fear," he said. "He had been in fear for his life since the incident happened, before they were apprehended," he said.

The women were apprehended in a trailer that was locked from the outside with a padlock Friday night in Fort Gay, a location not far from the victim's home, by members of the U.S. Marshal's C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force, Poff said.

Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies along with Fort Gay Police and Louisa, Ky., Police worked closely to apprehend the women, who Poff said "bounce back and forth" between the two towns.

"We certainly felt the victim was in danger, and a lot of manhours have gone into tracking these two down," Poff said.

Thompson and Caudill were incarcerated at the Western Regional Jail on Friday night.

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