MADISON, N.C. -- Rockingham County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man they say robbed and assaulted 43-year-old amputee Nolan Kellam.
Kellam told deputies he was asleep in his Madison Beach Road home when, around 1 a.m. on July 4, someone broke down his door, stole his cellphone, medication and money. Kellam said the man beat him repeatedly with a baseball bat.
Kellam, who only has one leg, was able to make it about 200 yards up to his neighbors' house to ask for help.
"It looked like somebody had just dumped a bucket of blood on him," said his neighbor and long-time friend Michael Hairston. "I mean his shirt, everything, was just soaked in blood."
Hairston and his roommate, Angela Fulcher, called 911. Kellam was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
"Only way to describe it -- it was like something from a horror movie," Hairston said.
"His bone was showing on his cheek," Fulcher said. "And his eye was kind of out. I've never seen anything like it."
Kellam is currently in the hospital in fair condition as of Monday afternoon. His friends hope whoever did this will be caught.
"For somebody to do that to a man with no leg and then almost beat him to death with a baseball bat, it's amazing in itself," Hairston said.
"It has really got me so cautious that every time I go to the door to open it, I have my gun with me. Because I never know who's on the outside of that door. If it's that guy, I want to be safe," Fulcher said.
The suspect was described as male, somewhat large in stature and wearing a mask, investigators said.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (336) 349-9683.