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Chi Chi Rodriguez -- The Robbers Were 'Gentle'

5/19/2010 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chi Chi Rodriguez says he's doing just fine after he was robbed at gunpoint in his home in Puerto Rico this morning -- noting that the bad guys were surprisingly "gentle."

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TMZ just spoke with the 74-year-old golf legend, who told us four men broke into his place at 1:30 this morning, while he and his wife were sleeping.  Chi Chi says one of the men tied up a security guard, while three other men rushed inside the home. 

Chi Chi says one of the men had a pistol -- the other guys were carrying zip ties and duct tape ... and immediately tied up the couple, though he notes they were "gentle and very respectful of my wife."

Rodriguez says the men then proceeded to take everything in the house -- jewelry, cash, personal belongings ... and even his wife's wedding ring right off of her finger.

Chi Chi says the whole thing took around 45 minutes -- and it was the "scariest situation I've ever been in." Cops and federal authorities are now on the case -- so far, no arrests have been made.

Chi Chi says neither he nor his wife were injured -- and he's still planning on making a publicity appearance in South Carolina this weekend.


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16.

kickaboo    

Sounds like the robbers knew who lived at the home they were targeting. Thank goodness no one was hurt, I hope they catch the thieves.

1587 days ago
17.

Observer999    

Why was there already a security guard at his house? He's not exactly in the public eye any more, or a high profile target...

1587 days ago
18.

Max    

I'm sorry... tying up your wife is not "gentle and very respectful." I get that what he's trying to say is that the robbers did not throw them on the floor, rough them up, etc. But tying someone up is NEVER a gentle or respectful act.

1587 days ago
19.

Deedee    

inside job

1587 days ago
20.

SL    

Next breaking story: The security guard was in on it. This seems fishy.

1587 days ago
21.

Debbidy73    

I got it #1 :)

1587 days ago
22.

Debbidy73    

I'm glad no one was hurt. Wow....nice and polite robbers.

1587 days ago
23.

Missy    

Something just does not seem right here. Check out the security guard sounds like an inside job to me

1587 days ago
24.

Donna    

nekcuf criminals people can't even enjoy life! I hope the catch your azzes....

1587 days ago
25.

Q    

No criminal takes 45 minutes if its a random act, and is complete with "kindness"...The Security Guard or a financially strapped Chi Chi is involved in this somehow...dont know his financial situation. But if the people who came out after Tiger got exposed are right,those in the know of all that is, and who is, the PGA, Cadding around and dishonesty is a requirement to be in the PGA these and past days. Lie detector tests for the Guard and Chi Chi would be good starting points---then you can eliminate or look further.



1587 days ago
26.

kromen    

Does that mean they gave him the courtesy of a reach-around?

1587 days ago
27.

none    

when leaving usa you could only leave with $10,000 how did he leave with $500,000 cash

1586 days ago
28.

JPO    

Could be an inside job?! I'm just sayin'...

1586 days ago
29.

Lewy    

None of those third-world countries are safe to visit.

1586 days ago
30.

whatever    

@ Lewy



Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Is the U.S. a third world country??? No I don't think so. Puerto Rico is NOT a third world country. Go back to school and learn history.

1585 days ago
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