Man, 89, assaulted by robbery with pellet gun

Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) An 89-year-old man was shot in the chest with a pellet gun and pistol-whipped Sunday evening while trying to fight off an intruder who burst into his Fairview neighborhood home, Anchorage police said.

Tony Bordenelli survived his injuries.

He and his wife, Patty, have a 7-month-old girl. Patty said she had to hide in a bedroom closet with the baby during the attack.

Bordenelli, a retired plumber, likes to joke that he moved to Alaska right after waiting tables at the Last Supper. Patty, who would not reveal her last name, will say only that she's in her 40s.

On Sunday, it got hot inside their house, so the couple propped the front door open. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., a light-skinned man with short black hair, a black mustache and black-rimmed glasses burst through the front door demanding money, Bordenelli said. The attacker rushed Bordenelli and pushed him into a bathroom and onto the floor. Patty grabbed the baby, hid in a closet and called 911.

As the intruder straddled him, Bordenelli said, he kicked the man between the legs.

''That's when he shot me,'' Bordenelli told the Anchorage Daily News, showing a bandage on his upper chest.

When Bordenelli tried to get up, the attacker hit him in the left temple with the butt of the pellet gun.

The man stole $650 out of Bordenelli's pants pocket, which he had just withdrawn from the bank to pay bills. He took Bordenelli's wallet, which held credit cards, three silver dollars, a few old 50-cent pieces and an ''old-time $1 silver certificate,'' Bordenelli said.

The robber fled before police arrived. Witnesses saw the intruder get in to a newer two-door maroon sedan, similar to a Ford Taurus, with a woman driver.

Bordenelli was treated at Alaska Regional Hospital.

A former boxer who also set a world record in 1969 for bowling continuously for 3 1/2 days, according to a newspaper clipping framed on his wall, Bordenelli said nothing like the robbery had happened to him in the 30 years he's lived in Fairview.

''If I saw him coming in, it would have been a different story,'' he said

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