Exclusive: 75-year-old relieved after suspected attacker is captured

Gabrielle Sarann

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Exclusive: 75-year-old relieved after suspected attacker is captured

CREATED Sep. 26, 2013

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A man charged with assaulting a 75-year-old is behind bars. The victim speaks exclusively with Fox 4. 

Only our cameras were rolling Thursday morning, when 75-year-old Alexandros Dimitrelos learned his suspected attacker had been captured. 

"They caught the guy," said Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann. "Oh, they did?" asked Dimitrelos. "Thank God he's in jail!"

Dimitrelos is still shaken up.

"I think it's time to go buy a gun now," he said.

The story began on September 9 just before 8:30 a.m at the Coin Laundry, a laundromat in North Fort Myers. Surveillance video shows Dimitrelos putting his clothes in the dryer. Seconds later, a man walks over in a white short sleeve shirt demanding that very machine.

"He comes and opens the dryer," explained Dimitrelos. "I said, my friend, there are 50 dryers here."

When Dimitrelos refuses to give it up, the man shoves him to the ground. Dimitrelos gets up and reaches for his cell to call 9-1-1. Then, the other man pushes him to the ground and kicks him, as Dimitrelos' wife watches helplessly. 

"It's sad in this day and age, if you can't come up here and do your laundry," said Jeff Hunt, a customer at the laundromat.

Late Wednesday night, deputies arrested Kenneth Wood. He told detectives Dimitrelos attacked him. But when they showed him the video, "He did confess," said Trish Routte, with Crime Stoppers. "It was quite clear he wasn't the aggressor in this case and he wasn't the poor victim. 

Which brings us back to Dimitrelos. "Just watch out for crazy ones," he warned. "If someone tells you this is mine, tell them take it."

For now, Dimitrelos keeps his gates locked knowing Wood could make bond. The amount: $150,000.

"I said to my wife, 'Keep it locked'," said Dimitrelos. "At least if  he jumps the fence to come in the trailer, I have two, three knives. I might do something."

Reports show this isn't Wood's first time behind bars. He's been arrested twice for battery.

Routte concluded, "We had the absolute, perfect ending in this case."