Police search for suspects in elderly man beating
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police are searching for the suspects responsible for brutally beating a 76-year-old man inside his South Florida business.
Armando Hernandez remained unconscious at Jackson Memorial Hospital on Friday. He is listed in critical but stable condition. Doctors said the victim has swelling on his brain, and they had to make cuts behind his ears to drain blood. "Now we have to wait, we have to wait on God's will," said Hernandez' wife, Xiomara Arencibia, through a Spanish-language translator.
The victim's nephew said he could not understand why someone would beat his uncle within inches of his life. "It's heart-wrenching, it's difficult," Jorge Hernandez said. "It's difficult to see him the way he is, thrown in the bed there. It's something unimaginable, but it's your family member."
Police said crooks entered Hernandez' shop, called Armando Carburetors Auto Repair, located on Ali Baba Avenue in Opa-Locka, on Thursday morning. They tied and beat up the elderly mechanic. A person in the area saw the door to his business open, went in and discovered him near death.
Hernandez was transported to Ryder Trauma Center at JMH and was stabilized in the Intensive Care Unit.
Hernandez' family described him as a hard worker who goes out of his way to help anyone. "No matter what time it was, your car broke down, you needed help or you needed something, my uncle was always there," said Jorge.
A woman who lives across the street from Hernandez' shop echoed his relatives' plight to bring his attackers to justice. "I know Armando for over 10 years. Armando's shop has been open for about 32 years in this community," she said. "Armando is a very good man, and I look forward for someone to catch who did this because this was wrong."
Police said they are still not sure if robbery was the motive. "It's still under investigation," said Opa-Locka Assistant City Manager David Chiverton. "That has not yet been determined.
Chiverton added that he knew the victim personally. "My interaction with him, he's a really good gentleman and he's been a pillar of this community of business owners, so we are really sad about this series of events," he said.
"My uncle is the most amazing person. Anything he can do to help anyone in the community he would," said Jorge.
The victim's nephew also said that, even if Hernandez survives, it's very likely that he suffered brain damage. "Just to think that somebody could do that to an elderly person, it's just crazy, to anybody," Jorge said.
Hernandez' family had been trying to get him to slow down and not work so many hours.
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