MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - A Marrero man was violently attacked while going for a mid-afternoon walk. Now, his family wants to find the people responsible.
"He likes to go walk for his little exercise, to build his muscles back up," the victim's granddaughter, Amber Doucet explained.
On Saturday January 2nd, around 2:30 in the afternoon, a 65 year old, recovering from a stroke, was attacked by some men while walking along a trail under the West Bank Expressway near Avenue K.
Doucet says, "I jetted out of work and when I got there, my grandfather was lying on the ground. I didn't know if he was dead or what."
The victim, who we're choosing not to identify for his safety, was relatively close to his home. In fact, his wife, Debra, had just stepped outside to look for him and witnessed the aftermath.
"I said, that's my husband! I panicked, I couldn't even dial, hold the phone, I dialed 911. I put my hand on the back of his head to try to stop the bleeding," the victim's wife, Debra, said.
According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, someone driving on the expressway saw the attack while it was happening. As the motorist pulled over to help, the suspects fled.
"He said they were hitting him so hard, that if he wouldn't have stopped to scare them off, they might have killed him," Debra says the witness told her.
The good samaritan told deputies he saw two suspects who he believed to be teenagers. It's documented in a police report. Debra and her husband contend three young men committed the attack, armed with a pipe.
"I'd like for them to get caught. Anybody that is around the area that got cameras and seen these guys, please call," Amber Doucet said.
The victim suffered lacerations to his ear and nose, plus he was hit in the back of the head. He also says he suffered a broken finger. His family believes the injuries could've been much worse, and know he's lucky to be alive.
"It's hard to describe the emotions, I still have trouble thinking about it," the victim's wife said.
Amber Doucet adds, "All I can do is thank the guy who pulled over, the witness, thank you for saving his life."
If caught, the men responsible for this attack will be charged with simple battery. The family believes there should be another charge; robbery, because they say the victim had $20 stolen from him. If you know anything about this attack, call Crimestoppers.