Older Man Beaten on Cherokee Street in Broad Daylight Yesterday


A 64-year-old man was punched in the face in a strong-arm robbery yesterday around noon in the heart of Cherokee Street.

According to a GoFundMe page put up by his neighbor, the man was taking a walk for exercise. He was in the alley near the intersection of Cherokee and Ohio not far from the Angel Boutique Resale Shop when police say he was approached by a man who punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground, and then took his wallet.

The man is listed in critical/stable condition, according to the St. Louis Police Department. The GoFundMe page reports that it was a severe beating. "[The] first responders did a great job, and he's been hospitalized, but he's in rough shape, with a broken jaw, broken eye socket, and a part of his tongue missing," his neighbor reports. 

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 6’2", thin build, medium complexion, wearing a tan baseball hat, black long sleeve shirt, black pants, and black shoes. The lettering on the shirt appears to be a large “R” on the front. If you have any information about his identity, you're encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS. (See the surveillance photo below for more detail.)

If you'd like to contribute to the neighborhood's GoFundMe, the organizer is pledging that all proceeds will go directly to the victim's bank account to help with medical expenses.

The incident comes less than a month after a south city couple was beaten by a group of a dozen-plus attackers in nearby Gravois Park while attempting to stop a young woman from being harassment. Both members of that couple ended up in the hospital — the young man with a head injury and other serious wounds.


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