Are you kidding me? This is UNREAL. -Juli
An Elkton-area man was victimized twice in a matter of hours last week – – leaving him with numerous stitches in his head and without his pet dog in his home.
Police said three men beat the 35-year-old victim about 10:15 p.m. on Thursday in the 300 block of Willow Drive in the Winding Brook neighborhood off Fletchwood Road.
And several hours later, while doctors were still treating the man at Christiana Hospital in Delaware, thieves broke into his Willow Drive home and stole a 55-inch Vizio television, a Dell laptop computer, a PlayStation 3 video gaming system and his black pug, police added.
“This is definitely a strange case, and we’re still investigating it,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a spokesman for the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.
As of Sunday, investigators had not found evidence to link the two incidents.
Earlier that night, the victim and a friend had been drinking beer in a work truck parked on Willow Drive, where both men live in separate residences, police reported.
The victim remained in the truck, continuing to drink beer, after his friend went into his house, police said. The attack took place about an hour later, police added.
“The victim knocked on his friend’s door, looking for help. He had been badly beaten. There was blood on the ground and blood in the vehicle,” Holmes said.
The man told investigators that three black men beat him, but he didn’t provide a reason for the attack, according to Holmes.
Because of his extensive injuries, it was difficult for the victim to give information to investigators, Holmes noted, adding, “We’re still looking into the circumstances surrounding the assault.”
The man suffered a broken bone in his face and a gash on his forehead that required several stitches, police reported.
On Friday morning, hours later, a woman who lives with the victim called police to report that their home had been burglarized, according to Holmes.
She discovered the burglary and missing property, including the dog, when she returned home, Holmes said, adding that he didn’t know if she had come from the hospital.
Anyone with information about the assault or the burglary in Winding Brook is asked to call the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office at 410-392-2116.