ALBANY — State Rep. Gerald Greene, R-Cuthbert, who was shot in the leg during a robbery attempt on Jan. 26 in Columbus, said he had been in Foxes Adult Entertainment Store prior to being assaulted in the establishment’s back parking lot.
“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but what I was doing there is nobody’s business but mine,” Greene said in an exclusive interview with The Herald on Wednesday. “I know that might sound a little strange, but I am not a perfect person, and I made a bad mistake and I am paying the price for it.”
Initial reports stated that Greene, who has served in the State House for 34 years, was shot during a holdup after he stopped at a Columbus package store while on his way home from the state capital.
Greene said the two businesses share a common parking lot.
“I was parked in the back of the Foxes store,” admitted Greene, who said he was carrying cash and checks in storm relief money for the Red Cross when he was shot. “I was going back to my car, and a man was sitting on the back steps of the building. He asked me if I had any change. I said, ‘No, I do not, I’m sorry.’ I opened the door of my car to get in, then he spun me around and said, ‘I’ll kill you right now on the spot. Give me everything you’ve got.’ He had a gun pointed right at my chest.