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Masked man
robs 'Pa-Paw'

County resident used jack handle
in robbery of own grandfather, investigator says

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

HARTSELLE — A masked robber's demands left little question as to his identity, a Morgan County sheriff's investigator said Wednesday.

Daniel Ray Brown, 22, of 290 Rocky Ford Road remained in Morgan County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, charged with the armed robbery of his 72-year-old grandfather, Walter Ray Brown.

Hard up for cash, Daniel Brown donned a ski mask and jacket, armed himself with a handle from a hydraulic floor jack and made the 10-foot hike next door to his grandfather's home at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Detective Kyle Wilson.

"There's a woman that lives there with his grandpa. He said, 'Sit down, Bernice.' Then he goes to his grandpa's room and he says, 'This is a robbery, I need your money, and I mean it, Pa-Paw,' " Wilson said.

Walter Brown was lying in bed, Wilson said.

"So he grabs Pa-Paw's britches off the chair. The wallet was in there. He got out to the kitchen, which is in the next room, and his Pa-Paw tackled him. There was a scuffle, and he hit his Pa-Paw in the head with the handle," Wilson said.

While Walter Brown picked up the phone to call 911, Daniel Brown went back to his own home, leaving a trail — the pants, billfold, $5 and the handle — between the two houses.

"That's where he was when I got there," Wilson said.

Brown denied to investigators that he was the man behind the mask, Wilson said.

The $300 cash Walter Brown reported stolen from his wallet had not been recovered Wednesday.

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