Authorities investigating brutal beating of elderly man

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was a for rent sign that lead the 79-year-old owner of Abear RV Park to set up a showing of one of his homes to a prospective renter on Halloween. He had no idea he was walking into a trap.

"He met what he said was a black male, met him at the house. Walked in and some point he was attacked by that person and another one he never saw," said Clayton Hebert, victim's son.

According to Hebert the two men robbed his dad of a large sum of cash before leaving him for dead. His father somehow regained consciousness and managed to walk home more than 100 yards down the street where his wife called 911. Clayton was there before the ambulance arrived.

"It was obvious he had been attacked by somebody and probably with something because of the wounds on his face, the blood coming out of the different parts of his ear and his nose," said Hebert.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating and say at this time they have several promising leads, including one of that lead them to a pay phone at a nearby Walgreen's.

Investigators say the call to set up the meeting was made from that payphone and security camera footage shows two vehicles of interest. The first a maroon 4-door Buick occupied by two black males. The second a vehicle of interest is a light gold Nissan Stanza, no license plate, and no yellow turn signals in the rear of the car.

"It's very possible they knew him or knew of him and knew he carried cash with him," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso. "That's what we are trying to get to the bottom of and like I said we do have leads and we do have some information but as in any investigation we need to take it a little bit further and try to take it further and try to make an arrest on this."

As his father recovers in a Houston hospital, Hebert and his seven brothers and sisters are asking the public to take a close look at the vehicles.

"What we are trying to do is get some justice for our dad. We also have to get these guys out of our community because what grand paw is next? This guy didn't deserve this. He got beat down bad," said Hebert.

Doctors are optimistic about the victim's recovery, but according to his family it still touch and go. Meanwhile anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

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