Then he heard the glass in his front window shatter.
"I kept yelling the whole time and I'm sure they saw me on my phone through the window. I kept saying 'the police are on their way' over and over," Mace recalled.
Finally, the men left. Mace told 911 dispatchers he didn't hear any car engine and assumed the men had fled on foot.
He was taken to CAMC General where he received stitches and was released several hours later.
He returned home to stay the night on Friday, and admits it might take a while to feel comfortable again. He plans to have a security system installed in his home.
"Every time I see a spot of blood [from the incident], I get emotional, but I'm not going to let a bunch of thugs run me off," he said.
Sheriff's Cpl. Brian Humphreys attended the community meeting at the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Humphreys said Sunday that deputies have several persons of interest and have been working the investigation non-stop.
"We had to get more chairs out for it there was such a good turnout," Mace said. "[Humphreys] told us we need to look out for each other. If we see something suspicious, regardless of how trivial, we should report it.
"I think we're all going to be watching out for each other a lot more after this."
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call detectives at 304-357-0169.
Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.