UPDATE: Chesapeake Police say a 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection to the robbery and beating of the 80-year-old man. The teen has been charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Robbery and Conspiracy and is currently being held at the Chesapeake Juvenile Services building.
Police say a second suspect may have been involved and that the investigation is ongoing.
Additional information will be posted as it is released.
The victim continues to recover from his injuries.
Chesapeake, Va. – An 80-year-old Chesapeake man was hospitalized with serious injuries on Wednesday after police say he was beaten in the head in his own garage by a robber.
Chesapeake Police say this happened in the 500 block of Longdale Crest. They were called about the incident at 5:35 p.m.
The man fought back against his attacker, hitting him in the head with a hammer and biting his thumb.
Police say the suspect allegedly hit the victim with an object, took items and left on a bicycle. They say the suspect is described as a man in his late teens to mid 20s. He was wearing camouflage.
“There was blood everywhere and I know the forensics team fingerprinted stuff and took pictures of the blood,” said neighbor Tommy Whitehurst. “I don’t know why he was targeted or what but you know, he’s a very nice man. He doesn’t do anything. He doesn’t bother anybody. He’s very helpful.”
Detectives are now investigating this case. At this point, they believe the whole thing was random.
The man remains in the hospital in critical condition. His long-time girlfriend told NewsChannel 3 that he’s doing pretty well considering his age.
Police are still looking for the suspect.
Stay with NewsChannel 3 for more updates.