Updated:CARRICK, Pa. —
One man was robbed at gunpoint this week on Sankey Street in Carrick just blocks from his home when two men jumped from behind a wall.
Michael Kurpil said he is having a hard time getting over the image of staring down the barrel of a gun.
“Mostly, I was looking at the gun,” said Kurpil. “I got hit from behind – banged – off guard from behind. Put me on the floor.”
Kurpil said he was walking home on Sankey Street when two men, wearing hoods, jumped out.
“[They] said, ‘Empty your pockets. Give me your wallet,’” said Kurpil.
Kurpil said he followed the gunmen’s orders, handing over about $50, and then they forced him to walk away backward.
According to Kurpil, he managed to walk the few blocks home. His wife then called 911, and medics took him to UPMC Mercy, where he was treated for shoulder and arm injuries.
Kurpil said he always felt safe in his neighborhood and never thought he’d be a crime victim.
“You’re safe. [We’ve] all got our quirks, but if they’re going to pick somebody – if it’s your time, what are you going to do?” said Kurpil.
Now, Kurpil, who has no medical insurance, said he doesn’t know what he’s going to do about doctor bills he faces because of the attack.
“At least I’m alive. I’ll come through it. That’s the main thing. Could have been worse,” said Kurpil.
Police have made no arrests in this case and continue to look into this armed robbery.