Real estate agent finds man tied and beaten in garage

Real estate agent finds man tied and beaten in garage

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A real estate agent got a Newark man help after he was bound and his home was robbed.

According to the police report, Cindy Cooke found Gary Edwards zip-tied to a chair in his garage Wednesday.

Independence County Deputy Johnny Byler responded to the call and said there was a large cut on Edwards' left arm and swelling on his head.

According to Edwards, he was on his computer in his living room when a masked and hooded man entered the home.

The suspect pointed a gun at Edwards and made him walk around the house.

Edwards said when the gunman realized no one else was there he started demanding money and drugs.

Edwards pointed the suspect to his wallet in the kitchen, but refused to tell him where the safe was in the house.

According to Edwards, the suspect started beating him with the gun and cussing at him.

Edwards finally told the suspect the safe was in the carport and this is where he zip-tied Edwards to a chair demanding the combination and pointing the gun at his face.

The report stated the victim pretended to forget the combination so the suspect left him there and went back inside the home.

Edwards could hear the suspect ransacking the house.

Deputy Byler said he observed several cabinets opened with contents pulled out, flipped over chairs and a cut screen door in the back.

Byler contacted CID and they collected evidence at the scene.

Edwards' family transported him to White River Medical Center in Batesville for medical treatment.

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