Police are investigating what's being called an attempted robbery at the midtown Omaha home of Warren Buffett Wednesday night. A man wearing camouflage paint on his face allegedly assaulted a security guard.
Investigators were told that someone rang the front doorbell of Buffett's home at 55th and Farnam around 10 p.m.
Buffett's wife, Astrid, went out another door to locate a security guard who was outside. The guard was actually off-duty Papillion Police Lt. Chris Whitted.
The two of them then went around to the front of the house and encountered the man on the porch.
"He was wearing all dark clothing including a dark-colored ski mask, a dark baseball cap and had dark camouflage paint on his face,” says Omaha Police Sgt. Teresa Negron.
Mrs. Buffett and Lt. Whitted walked around the side of the house to the front porch. There Lt. Whitted struggled with the robber while Astrid ran back inside and called 911.
During that struggle, the suspect struck the lieutenant on the head with an unspecified object. He was still able to disarm the suspect who then fled. He is still being sought.
Lt. Whitted was not seriously hurt.
Buffett was home at the time, but was elsewhere in the house as the incident unfolded.
Police later determined that the gun was not a real firearm. It is described as having the "appearance of a real gun."
Most neighbors, saying they want to respect the Buffetts' privacy would only comment that there's never been a situation where someone has targeted Warren Buffet or his home.
"I just can't believe that someone rang the door and had something that looked like a gun and thought he was going to get anywhere,” says neighbor Jack Walsh.
A year ago, the Dundee neighborhood faced a major burglary spree. Thieves smashed into houses, targeting purses up and down 50th, 51st and 50th streets, just a few blocks from Buffett's house.
A check of our weekly burglary and break-ins segment, where we monitor all burglaries in Omaha, found this is the closest reported break-in to "The Oracle of Omaha's" house in more than a month. Omaha investigators confirmed the same.
So what happened outside this billionaire's home is one of two things, either an isolated incident or something none of us want, a sign of things to come.
The 77-year-old Buffett is described by Forbes as a self-made billionaire and currently the second richest man on the magazine's billionaire list, with $52 billion. He is second to Bill Gates.
The chairman and chief executive officer of Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. still lives in the same ungated, house he bought in 1958 for $31,500.
The police investigation continues and anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 444-5657.