A retired miner has told how he fought back against a violent burglar, despite having his hip broken.
Tibor Bone managed to tear off the raider’s mask before he was gagged with tape and had his wrists handcuffed.
Today detectives released a photofit of the man who struck at the 81-year-old former Hungarian refugee’s home in Oulton, near Leeds.
Describing his ordeal, Mr Bone, a miner for 34 years, said: “He knocked me to the floor on my right hip and it broke. He was shouting at me ‘money, money’.
“He went to the kitchen drawer and grabbed a knife and held it five inches from me.
“He just kept on shouting it was either me or my money. It is a good job I had some otherwise he would have killed me.”
The attack happened last Friday at 7am as father-of-four Mr Bone unlocked his kitchen door. The balaclave-clad raider shoved it open, hurling Mr Bone to the floor, shattering his hip.
He said: “I think somebody must have been watching me. One second he was not there and the next he was through door.”
The attacker taped the pensioner’s mouth and fastened handcuffs on his wrists using a screw mechanism to fix them tight.
Mr Bone still managed to pull the man’s mask off and got a good look at him before he pulled it back down.
The robber then went upstairs for 10 minutes and searched bedrooms grabbing Mr Bone’s life savings.
After the raider ran off, Mr Bone phoned his ex-wife Pat to alert the police then crawled to his door to call for help.
A woman passing with her dog went to his aid and called an ambulance. He needed surgery to repair his hip.
The robber is described as white, aged about 35, about 5ft 6in tall, or average build with short dark hair, clean shaven and speaking with a local accent.
Acting Det Inspector Grant Stead, from Holbeck CID, said: “This was an appalling attack on an elderly man who has been left with significant injuries.
“I know local people will feel as disgusted as I do by what was a despicable attack.
“We have a good e-fit image of man we believed was involved in the incident and I would ask people to look at this and get in touch with us vis 0845 6060606 if they recognise the man or saw anything suspicious in the area.”