SPOKANE, Wash. – A local company stepped up Friday to help a 77-year-old man who was the victim of a would-be burglar.
Roger Best, 77, told police he was in his home when he heard the suspect, Jiem Korok, trying to break into his back door. He said he was able to keep the door closed by pushing on the door and locking the deadbolt.
Best said Korok then went to the front of his house and started to break his front windows with his hands in order to get inside his house. A witness saw what was happening, tried to talk to Korok and called police.
When police arrived on scene, they found Korok in Best’s front porch with blood on his hands, arms and clothes. Officers then placed him under arrest for burglary and malicious mischief. He was also evaluated by medics.
Best’s neighbors have helped him board up his windows. He does not know how he is going to pay to repair them because he does not have homeowner’s insurance.
After KREM 2 ran the story about Best’s windows being busted out of his home on Thursday, we received a lot of calls and emails offering to help him out.
Rob Cline with AAA Glass and Window stepped up to replace the windows Friday afternoon.
“I just happened to be watching the news and his story, and watching him just sort of hit me,” Rob Cline explained. “The one time I got to watch the news, it was just meant to be. It sort of hit me like a ton of bricks and I just really wanted to come and help.”
Cline said he does not get to watch the news often because of work, so he felt it was meant to be that he saw Best’s story on KREM 2.
“Honestly, it was his demeanor, you know, with all the bad that happened to him, he was still smiling and outgoing,” Cline said. “Watching him through all the bad and the negative, really that's what got me here.”
Cline hopes his actions will inspire someone to pay it forward.
“All the negative and the bad that's going on, it's nice to be able to help somebody out and do the right thing,” Cline said. “Hopefully, my story pushes others to do the same and help out in a time of need and sort of push on that favor, pay it forward.”
Best said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support he has received.
“Well, I'm getting overwhelmed by this gentlemen coming over here to do the windows,” Best explained. “I didn't know what to expect to be honest with you, I've never been in this type of situation. I see that though on the news, you know, a lot of people helping out, but kind of unusual when it's you. You never expect it.”