Travis Keller uses the back door to enter his grandparents’ home, where he lives with them.

He knows never to use the front door.

But two would-be robbers didn’t have that tidbit of valuable information.

Late Aug. 8, the 20-year-old Keller bought a candy bar and soda at the QuikTrip at 16800 U.S. 24. He paid with a $100 bill.

Two men jumped him as he walked away from the store. They repeatedly punched his head.

They hit him so hard in the mouth that he saw a tooth fly from his mouth, Keller said.

They took the cash he was clutching in his hand.

“They even took my candy bar,” Keller said.

Injured, he walked home. Keller didn’t call Independence police, a choice he said later was a mistake.

The assailants took off after the incident. The suspects knew where Keller lived and Keller said he knew one of the attackers.

He figured the men saw him pay with a $100 bill and decided to rob him.

A short time later, the men reappeared from a ditch as the disoriented Keller walked down the street nearing the home on the 16000 block of East Third Street.

They wanted inside Keller’s home.

Keller complied. He led the men to the front door.

The attackers told Keller to tell his grandparents he got beat up and they were helping him.

Keller took them to the front door. He knows his grandfather, Gordon Douglas, always answers the front door at night armed with his .357 Magnum handgun.

When Douglas answered, he shielded the gun from sight. He let them inside. Douglas at that time did not know the men had jumped his grandson.

He turned on a light. Keller told his grandfather the men had beat him up.

“I swung around to fire at them and they saw I had a gun in my hand,” Douglas said. “They scattered out of the house. They were looking for an easy target they could rob.”

Officers arrived and took a police report.

Gordon has other guns. But he answers the door at night with the six shot .357 Magnum revolver because “it only takes one (shot). It’s very powerful.”

Douglas is a retired armed security guard and ex-military, serving in Vietnam. “I refuse to be a victim in my own home,” Douglas, 65, said. “A lot of people are afraid to stand up. I’ll go down fighting.”

Source: Michael Glover for The Examiner.

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