Man, disabled son recovering after robbery

February 6, 2012 5:49:27 AM PST
A man and his son with cerebral palsy were still in shock Sunday after a terrifying home invasion and robbery that left the two tied up.

When you live in an apartment building the last thing you expect is to find two armed men inside your home. But that's exactly what happened to B.T Gregory as he came home from picking up some food at a nearby restaurant Friday afternoon.

"I saw the light on in my bedroom and I asked why is the light on and I saw the guys come out with a gun," Gregory said. "They put a gun to my head and said 'where's the money, where's the money, where's the money.' They burned me with a spoon...'we're going to make you tell.' "

"I thought they were going to kill us, because they kept saying we (are) going to kill you."

Also at home was Gregory's 17-year-old son, Pleasure. Pleasure has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Gregory, 70, believes his son may have unintentionally opened the door for the robbers, thinking it was his father.

Gregory says he doesn't know if the robbers targeted him, but feels they took advantage of his son's disability to get into the apartment.

"They had me, both my hands tied to that chair with duck tape, wrapped tight," Gregory said. "They had him in his wheelchair?they duck taped both of his arms together."

The men stole valuables from the home and the family's maroon Windstar van and fled.

The near North Side building where Gregory lives has a doorman, but not until after 5 p.m. To get inside, residents must be buzzed in or have a special key. But it wouldn't be too hard for someone to get inside.

"They can walk in right behind the resident, and that's the problem," Gregory said.

Gregory said the security cameras inside the building were not working when the break-in happened but he hopes police can at least track down his van, which was retro-fitted to fit his son's wheelchair.