A blind man thought he positively identified a barefoot robbery suspect by feeling his feet, but police disagreed, a report said Wednesday.

"Being blind, I go by touch," William Bradley, 80, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.Bradley was choked and robbed by a barefoot man who knocked at his door and then threw him to the floor Monday night, according to police reports.

The robber stole a shirt and $4 then fled when he heard a car alarm outside.

A short time later, police stopped a man they suspected in the robbery and summoned Bradley to see if he could identify him by feeling his feet.

"As soon as I felt his ankles and toes I knew it was him," Bradley told the newspaper.

But police were apparently not convinced and released the suspect.