A 91-year-old man was bashed on the head with a rock and robbed while he was visiting his late wife’s grave in California, police said.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, at around 10:42 a.m., the elderly man was at the Mission City Memorial Park cemetery in Santa Clara when the suspect came up from behind and hit him on the back of his head with a “large rock,” said the Santa Clara Police Department on Thursday, Sept. 26.
The suspect then took the victim’s property and fled the scene on foot before getting on a gray and black mountain bike, police said.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has been released. His condition remained unclear.
Capt. Wahid Kazem from Santa Clara Police Department said the man visits his late wife’s grave “almost on a daily basis, fairly religiously.”
“He even brings a lawn chair. Sits by her side. And spends some time there with her,” Kazem told KABC
Police said the suspect remains on the loose.
“The Santa Clara Police Department is asking for the public’s help regarding an unprovoked and ruthless attack on a vulnerable member of our community,” a statement from the department said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic or Latino man, between 35 and 50, approximately 5’9” to 6’0” with a medium build. He had gray slicked-back hair, a gray mustache and was wearing a white T-shirt with long black shorts, according to KTVU.
Police said they didn’t know if the man was targeted or the attack was random.
Kyle Safford, the owner of Cypress Granite and Memorials, said that the site was peaceful with lots of families visiting.
“I didn’t think anything like that would happen around a cemetery,” he said. “Usually, people are pretty respectful when they come to places like this.”