December 21, 2014

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Police offer reward in vicious attack of elderly veteran

LORAIN — Police are offering a reward for help finding a male who viciously assaulted an elderly Lorain man yesterday afternoon.

According to Lorain police detective Buddy Sivert, Paul Hric, 79, was attacked from behind as he walked home from Rite Aide at East 28th Street and Broadway about 4:15 p.m.

Hric, a disabled Korean war veteran who is well-known and well-liked in the neighborhood, was repeatedly punched in the head and face and is now in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Police are looking for a black male about 5-foot-9 with a thin build. The male was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. Sivert said police don’t have an approximate age for the male, and the only witness to the attack was too far away to be of any more help.

The attack occurred between East 28th and East 29th streets and between Elyria and Apple avenues, Sivert said, and the attacker was last seen running north toward East 28th.

Hric suffered serious head and facial injuries, according to Sivert, who added that both of his eyes are swollen shut, and he has lacerations to his face and mouth.

Hric was taken to Mercy hospital in Lorain and was then transferred to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Sivert said all the robber managed to get was an eyeglass case from Hric’s back pocket that he probably thought was a wallet, but he even dropped that as he fled. Hric’s glasses and watch were both broken in the attack.

According to Sivert, Hric is “well-known to local businesses there and people who live in the neighborhood who see him out walking.”

Anyone with information leading to the attacker’s identification and capture is asked to call Lorain police at 204-2100 or Sivert at 204-2105, ext. 2137. Anonymous tips can also be texted to CRIMES (274637) by texting the keyword “lorain” and your message. A reward amount has not yet been determined, Sivert said.