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Victim In Abduction, Robbery At Downtown ATM Telling His Story
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Leslie Rubin/Larry Clark
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Also Contributing: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 12:56 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A 65-year-old Charleston man is speaking out after being robbed and abducted at a downtown Charleston ATM.
Eyewitness News Reporter Leslie Rubin sat down exclusively with Emery Casdorph as the manhunt is underway for his attackers.
"I've never encountered something like that, and I don't believe in taking something that's not yours," he says.
He's badly beaten and bruised, but thankful he's alive. Casdorph is now recovering at home after becoming the target in a robbery turned abduction early Thursday morning.
Surveillance video taken at Chase Bank's ATM at 613 Virginia Street only begins to tell the story of what he went through.
"They rushed up on me quickly and had a gun to my face and wanted my money," he recalls.
Casdorph says he went to the ATM to check on a deposit that was supposed to show up at midnight, but it hadn't, so he wasn't able to withdraw any money. His attackers thought otherwise.
"They said I was lying and they were going to hurt me or kill me or something of that nature," he says.
That's when Casdorph says they forced him into the back of his 2011 Honda Accord and drove him to a different ATM on the West Side. He says they told him they'd kill him if he lied about his PIN number. They beat him in the back of the head and face with a gun, he says.
"I don't feel the best in the world. I'm alive and I'm okay. I could have easily been killed I guess," he says.
The duo kicked him out of the car on Maryland Avenue and he was able to make it to nearby house who called police. Now, the search for his attackers is on, but he says he just wants his car back, and he's counting his blessings he's made it to another day.
"I guess I was just at the right place for them, the wrong place for me," he says. "The Lord let me live for a purpose I'm sure."
Police say the West Virginia license plate on Casdorph's stolen 2011 silver Honda Accord is 9UC363.
If you've seen the car, or have any information on the suspects call Charleston Police at 304-348-6480.
Charleston police are investigating a carjacking in which a 65-year-old man attempting to withdraw money from an ATM was driven away by two suspects and pistol whipped.
Police said the man rolled up to the ATM machine in his vehicle about 12:30 a.m. Thursday and was attempting to withdraw money in the 600 block of Virginia Street East. He was having trouble reaching the machine, so he got out of his vehicle and attempted to take out the money.
The man was approached by two black males wearing masks and hoodies. They unsuccessfully tried to use the ATM card and they forced the man into his vehicle and drove him to the West Side. The suspects again tried to use the card and were unsuccessful. Police said they began pistol whipping the man and they forced him out of his vehicle and then drove away.
Police found the man near Maryland Avenue. He received a laceration to his face and head and was taken to St. Francis Hospital. His name was not released and his condition was unavailable.
The vehicle is a silver 2011 Honda Accord with the license number 9UC363.
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