A veteran of the Korean War was reportedly attacked and robbed in the suburban St. Clair Shores area of Detroit, Michigan, while doing some work in his yard in broad daylight.
Harold Mackey, 80, was doing yard work at 9 a.m. on July 30 when the incident occurred. He had mowed the lawn and was sweeping grass when the suspect reportedly attacked him from behind. His wife of 57 years was outside as well, but did not see the attack, reports WXYZ.
Mackey suffered from a broken rib and bruises. The attacker reportedly took his wallet.
The suspect is described as an African-American man about 20 to 25 years old. He is about 5-feet-10 to 6 feet tall and weighs 200 to 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt.
“I didn’t get scared. I know he wanted something and I said I didn’t have any money,” Mackey said. “My back hurt yesterday. Real bad. Where I got punched."
After the robbery, the suspect reportedly fled to a nearby street where a SUV was waiting for him. The vehicle is described as a 2005 to 2009 gray GMC Envoy four-door. It could also possibly be a Denali with chrome rims, and it may have damage to the tires, reports My Fox Detroit.
A neighbor who saw the attack went after the man, following him to Roseville, but he eventually got away. She was able to get a good look at him and give a description of him and the getaway car.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” said Detective Sergeant Jay Cahoe. “You have a gentleman out doing his yardwork, minding his own business. He’s lived in the city a number of years and all of a sudden some coward comes up.”
“I look at it and I didn’t get stabbed or shot,” Mackey said.
Police are looking for the suspect. Officers say that if he could attack an 80-year-old father of five, grandfather to nine, and great-grandfather to two, he could do it to anyone and needs to be stopped.
“Everyone in the department is ticked off and is taking this personally,” Cahoe said.