WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) – Three suspects robbed and beat up a 73-year-old Winter Haven resident, police said. Winter Haven Police officers are now trying to find the suspects.
It happened near the Jewett School of the Arts Wednesday at about 11 p.m. According to WHPD, the victim was pulling into his driveway on 4th Street NE when he saw a man with a stick standing next to his house. The victim tried to drive away but the car got stuck in the hedges. Three men came up to the car and pulled the victim out. One of the attackers reached into the victim’s pockets and took some cash, the others starting hitting the man in the face. The man with the stick tried to hit the victim with it too, but it appears he missed, according to WHPD.
The victim tried to fight the attackers back but he can’t fully use his right arm so he was fighting with his left. The suspects dropped him on the ground and kicked him in his ribs and stomach, police said. The trio fled after the robbery leaving the man near his car.
He couldn’t move after the attack so he was lying there when his girlfriend found him about an hour and a half later. He was treated at the scene for his injuries.
“Our detectives will not rest until these suspects of this cowardly crime are behind bars,” WHPA Chief Charlie Bird said. “Someone in the neighborhood could have heard something or one of these suspects has probably mentioned the act to friends. We want anyone with information to do the right thing – call with any information in order to get justice for this elderly victim.”
If you have any information about this attack, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to the identity and arrest of any suspects.