Cancer patient stabbed by robber at bus stop
Two men attacked a cancer patient at a bus stop Thursday morning, stealing his money and medications and stabbing him in the leg.
It happened at a bus stop on northwest side of Indianapolis, on Georgetown Road near Sebring Drive.
Jeffrey Conn, 47, told police he was on his way to a doctor's appointment shortly before 6 a.m. He had his medication with him and says two men approached him, one had a gun and the other had a knife.
"I started walking off and they jumped out and one had a knife and chased me. One cut me right there and the other had a gun," Conn said.
Conn says one man stabbed him in the leg, then took $50 from his wallet and his bag of medication.
You can often hear the cancer patient making low-level grunts throughout the day. It's one way he tolerates the constant pain he feels while walking or doing other active movements. He says his last doctor's appointment was not good news.
"I have 'Elephant Man's disease' and recently they found that I got spots on my lungs," Conn said.
Doctors diagnosed him with neurofibromatosis. Conn says the medicines help him cope with the day-to-day symptoms as doctors try to nurse him back to health.
"They did a biopsy this morning to try to find out what's going on with that. It's just...life, man," Conn said.
It's a life that has been turned upside down, because right now, Conn's prescription bottles are all empty. He hopes his attackers are caught soon, especially since he tried to get to safety, but just couldn't get away.
"I have one leg, man, it's slippery out. I tried, but I didn't get very far," Conn said.
Conn says the men were driving a black Monte Carlo with chrome wheels. Police suspect they will try to sell Conn's medicine - including Oxycontin and Percocet - to make money.
If you have information about the attack and robbery, you can earn a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.