Elderly Men Beaten With Tape Dispenser During Home Invasion In North Philadelphia
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By Elizabeth Hur
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The search is on for the attacker who savagely beat two men with a wrench and a tape dispenser.
One victim is 76-years-old, the other is 80 and only Eyewitness News has video of where it happened.
It happened at around 2pm Thursday in the 5900 block of North 4th Street in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood.
According to friends, the 80-year-old victim is a cancer survivor who is still sick and that is why his 76-year-old cousin went over to take care of him daily.
“Blood there. Blood here.”
Bloodied and cluttered, at first Lawrence Jung could not believe his eyes then he heard the heartbreaking details of how Jung’s 80-year-old housemate tried to protect his 76-year-old cousin.
“There was a raucous. Guy came through the door. He got out of bed and he has to walk with a walker, he had that in his hand and tried to jab the guy,” Jung explained.
Police tell us, the intruder came bursting through the victim’s unlocked door in broad daylight.
Chief Scott Small said, “Demanded car keys and money. The perpetrator stated he had a gun, however, no gun was ever displayed or seen.”
But police say the suspect went onto assault the elderly men using a wrench he brought with him as well as a tape dispenser he grabbed off the floor.
“It could do some serious damage. In this case, both individuals were transported by medics to Einstein Hospital,” Small added.
Jung said, “You can tell there’s something around here. He’s slurring. He’s not speaking like he usually speaks.”
From the hospital, the 80-year-old told Jung, he and his cousin should be ok but the 76-year-old needs x-rays to determine if his shoulder was separated during the struggle. To call him angry, Jung says doesn’t do it justice.
“You’ll have to turn the camera off to know how I feel. If I can get my hands on him,” Jung said.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, about 5’4” to 5’6” wearing all dark clothing at the time.
Police say the suspect got away with only the victims’ car keys not the car. Police will be increasing patrols in the Olney neighborhood but ask anyone with information to call the police.