A pensioner from BRAVE told how he could have been killed after being kicked in the chest by a group of hooded robbers and flown back to his home.
Arthur Lawrence, 70, was brutally attacked by knife-wielding thugs who then ransacked his home – and he warned him to find them before they attacked again.
He was kicked in the chest and left lying defenseless on the floor when yobs raided his home in Northfield, Birmingham.
The 70-year-old semi-retired auto mechanic, recalling his terrifying ordeal, told The Sun Online: “I was kicked in the chest and fell to the ground but was unhurt.
“I saw one of the attackers had a knife so there was no way to handle him. I’m not stupid, if I did, he could have killed me.
“I was lucky but someone else might not be me. I’m healthy and strong, but that has shaken me up a bit.
“The police are investigating and I want them to be caught before that happens to someone else who may be more vulnerable than I am.”
Arthur praised his neighbours, who raised the alarm after four nurses attacked his home on a quiet street in suburban Birmingham around 9pm last Friday.
The brutal attack was captured on CCTV and his friend posted them online – which thousands have now shared.
Speaking from his detached home, where the front living room window crept up from the break-in, he explained: “The worst thing is this broken window. I’m trying to fix the problem asap.
“I was in the garage having a cigar otherwise I could have seen and heard them approaching the house.”
Arthur added: “I don’t remember much because it all happened so quickly, in just a few minutes.
“I heard a loud bang and came out of the garage to see four of them surrounding my house. It was a shock and quite scary. Three of them were in my driveway and one was waiting for a car outside.
“They were all wearing hoodies and none of them spoke.
“One came to me while two ran into the house after the window was smashed. I screamed but was kicked in the chest and fell to the ground. I saw the knife and thought to myself ‘Don’t be a hero, don’t take him down.’
“My neighbor heard the noise and called the police. We’re a close-knit community, we’ve always looked out for each other, so I’m very grateful to them.
“There have been a few break-ins in the area. I can’t see their faces, they’re hooded and don’t talk but someone can tell something about them.”
CATCH THEM CODE
Arthur, who did not need hospital treatment, said that yobs escaped with two cell phones and two bank cards.
“One moment they were in my house, the next they were gone,” he said.
“My camera then caught the footage and a friend posted it on Facebook. Next thing I knew it was on The Sun website. I was amazed.
“I don’t want that to happen to anyone else. I hope someone recognizes them and justice has been done. “
Family friend Joseph Carieri, 28, posted footage of the “lowly human” bandits.
He said: “I guess they broke his window trying to get the keys to his car and his own house.
“He startled them when he saw the video and they attacked him.
“They went into the garage area and stole two phones and a pack of cigarettes. He wasn’t hurt because luckily there was a rug there.”
West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
A force spokesman: “We are still investigating this crime but have not made any arrests.”
She added: “At around 9pm last Friday, four men tried to break into a home.
“When the victim approached this group, they assaulted and forced them into the house.
“This group stole two gold iPhone 8 plus and two bank cards, before driving a burgundy Ford Fiesta MK7.
“Fortunately, the 70-year-old man suffered minor physical injuries, but was shaken by the attack
“If you recognize the men from the footage or have any information, please get in touch via Live Chat on our website.”
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