Elderly man attacked in yard

Published 9:47 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Just a few weeks after a street fight occurred outside a central Bainbridge convenience store, more violence was reported nearby after an elderly man was assaulted on Sunday night.

At about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Bainbridge Public Safety Capt. Jack Bunting responded to a report that two Hispanic men had been assaulted outside their residence at 804 E. Water St., across the street from the Las Lomas convenience store/washing room on South Scott Street.

The younger of the two victims stated to Capt. Bunting that a young black male had struck him in the face. Recognizing that the boy appeared to be under the age of 18, the complainant and his friends went back inside their residence.

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However, an elderly man who lives at the same residence reported that three young black males had assaulted him, punching him in the head with their fist and a glass bottle. Bunting observed the victim bleeding from several cuts to his face, which later required stitches when the victim was treated at Memorial Hospital.

Bunting learned that the elderly man was legally blind and noting the seriousness of the attack, supervised BPS’ patrol of the surrounding area for two hours.

BPS investigators have stated in the past they believe Hispanic men, usually migrant farm workers staying in Bainbridge temporarily, are targeted in muggings and unprovoked assaults because they often carry cash on their person and are assumed to be unable to describe their attackers.

The roadway outside Las Lomas was the scene of a bloody street fight between two Hispanic males earlier this month—both were arrested for fighting. A stabbing occurred in the vicinity of the store back in February.

Break-ins reported

Break-ins were reported at two places of business in downtown Bainbridge this week, although nothing was reported stolen. The offices broken into were the Decatur County Senior Center at 402 W. Water St. on Sept. 14 and the Bainbridge Leisure Services office at 420 Donalson St. on Sept. 13.

Burglaries with property loss were reported on Sept. 11 at residences on Edgewood Drive and the 1200 block of East Water Street.