Deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Department are searching for men accused of beating a man and then taping him while they robbed his home.
At about 8 p.m. Sunday, deputies said a 55-year-old man was cutting wood in his yard in the 19200 block of Cherry Avenue in South Shafter when three men wearing ski masks approached him, one armed with an unknown type handgun.
The man was ordered to the ground and as he stumbled backwards, the armed suspect fired three times, one of the bullets grazed the victim’s hip, deputies said.
The man fell to the ground and then was hit over the head with an unknown object. He was then bound with tape, and dragged his own home.
The men then ransacked the home and left with a television, an air compressor, and the victim’s wallet which contained an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The man was taken to a nearby hospital with with non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone having information relating this case is asked to please call Sergeant Marc Haiungs of the North County Substation at (661)599-0157. The public can also call the Secret Witness Program at (661)322-4040 or send a text to TIP-411 (847411), just type KCSO before your message.