Thief gets jar of change in Perry assault

A Perry man was forced back into his home and assaulted early Monday, police said.

Johnny Clark, 61, was coming out the back door of his home at 910 Jeanne St. about 7:25 a.m. to go to work when he was confronted by a man, said Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes.

The man brandished what was believed to be a small pistol and told Clark to get back inside or he would kill him, Dykes said.

Clark complied. The two men struggled inside the home, and Clark managed to hit the intruder with a table leg lying nearby, Dykes said.

The man had gotten Clark’s wallet out of his pocket during the struggle, but threw it down after he realized it was empty, Dykes said.

He then fled, grabbing a jar of pocket change on his way out, Dykes said.

Police recovered the weapon, which turned out to be pellet gun, in the street, Dykes said.

Clark suffered a few scratches and bruises from the struggle, Dykes said.

The intruder was described as a black male, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, wearing a black sweater, khaki pants and black shoes, Dykes said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Perry police detective Lt. Chris Sutcliff at 988-2824.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.