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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