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Frayser man beaten and robbed twice in a year

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Twice within a year, thieves tied up and robbed a Frayser man inside his home. The most recent incident happened less than two weeks ago.

The man believes his vulnerability came from his kindness, and it's the reason he became the victim of these crooks twice.

Now, new surveillance video released Monday by Memphis police could stop another attack.

If ever you had a flat bike tire in Frayser, a knock on 87-year-old Fred Hilsabeck's door would fix that. But not anymore.

“I cut that out because you never know who's going to jump you,” Hilsabeck said.

His generosity has been stopped by thieves.

Last November, two men knocked on Hilsabeck's door asking for help airing up a bicycle tire. Just as he opened the door, Hilsabeck said the men made their move--forcing their way inside.

“They got me down on the floor here and that's when they handcuffed me,” he said.

The men repeatedly assaulted Hilsabeck. Memphis police said they then put a gun to his head and demanded the PIN for his debit card.

Hilsabeck said they then picked him up off the floor and led him to a bedroom.

“They pushed me into this closet and took this chair and put it against the door,” said Hilsabeck.

Still handcuffed, Hilsabeck waited quietly in the closet for the men to leave, then pushed his way out.

A security camera nearby later caught the men using his stolen debit card at an ATM while driving Hilsabeck's car. Months later, that video was released after two men fitting the same description as before, according to police, again pushed their way in to Hilsabeck's home.

The armed men bound Hilsabeck's wrists and ankles with tape and forced him on to the couch while they stole TVs, a DVD player, and once again his car.

A watchful neighbor across the street saw the suspicious men in ski caps barging into Hilsabeck's home and called police.

“He is just as sweet as can be, so like I said I just couldn't have that on my heart and so I had to do what was right,” said Brandy Williams, who called police.

Hilsabeck managed to bite off the tape and escape just as police arrived.

Police are actively investigating both incidents. If you recognize the men in the pictures call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-2274 (CASH).

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