80-year-old Longview man in ICU after being robbed

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An elderly East Texas man is fighting for his life after being attacked and robbed. It happened Saturday afternoon at a bait shop in the 400 block of Pliler Precise Road in north Longview.

Leitha Morris says her husband, Wesley "Bully" Morris, 80, had gone out to help two customers at the couples' bait shop Saturday afternoon.

"He was gone and it was so terribly hot," said Leitha Morris. "I was concerned that he should have done been back to the house."

Mrs. Morris recognized one of the men. She says he is regular to the shop.

"I recognized the car when he pulled in down the driveway because he's been here before several times," she said.

As Bully turned to fill a bait order, one of the men attacked him from behind, knocking him to the ground, then taking his wallet. When Mrs. Morris came out to take a look, she found a frightening scene, her husband seated right here and bleeding badly from a wound to the back of the head.

"The first thing I though about was that he'd been shot," said Morris. "All I seen was that blood. It was uncalled for, the guy could have easily have pushed him over and held him down and got the billfold and left."

Morris was rushed to a hospital with a fractured skull.

"He's a good man," she said. "He can't do nothing but lay there and hurt."

He often carried large amounts of cash to make change, and that is what police say was the apparent motive.

"Generally, it's repeat customers who go there so we feel like somebody was there before to purchase bait and maybe thought it might be a good place to pull a robbery," said Officer Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview Police.

The men fled, and Mrs. Morris can only pray for the best now.

Mr. Morris has developed pneumonia and is now in ICU.

The two suspects are possibly in their 30's, driving a white or tan colored 4-door sedan. They may frequent fishing areas in the northern part of Gregg County.

Anyone with information is asked to call Longview Police or Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP or online at www.greggcountycrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000.00 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

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