101-year-old Veteran robbed at gunpoint Memorial Day Weekend

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Updated: 5/26/2014 9:26 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- This Memorial Day Weekend, one of Northern Nevada’s oldest veterans was allegedly robbed and held at gun point in his Carson City home.

World War II and Air Force veteran Jim Sorentino lives alone with a caretaker. He’s 101-years-old, and he said in his lifetime, he has never experienced anything like this home invasion.

He said it was around 5 a.m. on Sunday when two men kicked in a rear-garage door, and forced their way into Sorentino’s home in a gated community on Canvasback Drive. They held him and his female caretaker at gun point.

"The older one, the bigger one, carried a gun. Kept waving it around," said Sorentino.

He said he has never seen anyone so scared. Sorentino said the two men invaded the home, demanding cash. "They kept asking for the safe. Of course, I don't have any safe."

Instead, the suspects ransacked the home and Sorentino said they made out with a wristwatch, a pocket knife and a wallet he uses for identification. "The fold into that wallet was some money," said Sorentino. "About 30 dollars."

The Carson City Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the case and is looking for two suspects. "They're either black or Hispanic males; adult males," said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong. "One 5-7, the other 5-4. Wearing, what you might want to say, dark clothing, but not wholly distinguishable."

Sheriff Furlong said there is a possibility the robbery was targeted, but investigators have not determined how or why.

Sorentino believes he was an easy target and said he is saddened that anyone would try to take advantage of him.

No one was physically injured during the home invasion.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2011.
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