An elderly Home Depot employee in Hillsborough, North Carolina died on Thursday from injuries he acquired when he was violently shoved to the ground by a thug leaving the store with a cart full of stolen merchandise.
On October 18, the thief was walking out of Home Depot with three stolen pressure washers when he shoved 83-year-old Gary Rasor to the ground. The suspect, described as a 6ft tall black male, continued walking without even so much as a look back at the man he assaulted.
Rasor’s wife, Yovone, told WNCN that her husband recognized the suspect because he is a known thief. This was not his first time stealing from the store.
“He knows the guy is a thief. He’s been there, he’s seen him in the store before,” she declared. “And what he told me was that sometimes the guy will buy one or two items so he has a receipt, and then he’ll add more stuff to his cart and flash the receipt.”
“He saw the video for the first time in the hospital, and he was very upbeat, wasn’t worried about anything until he saw that video. He lost it… he just lost it,” Yovone said.
“They said they were going to send him to rehab to heal,” she continued, noting that she never gave up hope for his recovery. Then, the day before Thanksgiving, he was rushed to ICU and died days later.
“I can’t get him back… that’s it,” Yovone said.
Rasor turned 83 while he was being treated for his injuries. Unfortunately, that was his last birthday as he passed away on December 1, a result of the trauma he endured.
“It’s just beyond our comprehension that someone would do this for a couple of power washers… that just is mind-boggling,” Gary’s son, Jeff Rasor, added. .
Fox News reports:
An elderly Home Depot employee died on Thursday from injuries he sustained in October when a theft suspect shoved him while allegedly stealing three pressure washers.
The suspect was leaving the store’s garden area on the morning of Oct. 18 with a shopping cart full of stolen goods when the employee approached him.
Surveillance video released by the Hillsborough Police Department appears to show the suspect shoving the elderly employee to the ground and hurrying out of the store.
The victim died on Dec. 1 due to complications from injuries he sustained during the incident. A medical examiner ruled that his death was a homicide.
The Hillsborough Police Department is now searching for the suspect, described as a Black male about 6 feet tall who fled in a white Hyundai Sonata. A temporary North Carolina tag on the vehicle was obscured.
Rasor’s obituary reveals that he was a “U.S. Army veteran. He started his career as an Insurance salesman. Mr. Rasor then move to Florida and was in the construction business before becoming the resident manager at Ocean Walk condominiums. He and wife Yovone purchased and ran American Fence Company in Melbourne Florida which they owned for several years before moving to New Jersey. He continued in the Fencing business for several years before moving to Durham, N.C. where he worked at the Hillsborough Home Depot.”
“It’s just hard, and I know it sounds silly, but I’m still waiting for him to come back home,” Yovone added, choking back tears.
The couple had plans to travel over the holidays to visit family and even meet their newborn grandchild. Sadly, due to the evil in this world, the Rasor’s lives have been permanently altered.
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