A 60-year-old man has been in the hospital for the past two days, recovering from a brutal attack at European Village Tuesday afternoon that left him needing 50 staples and more stitches to his head and face.
The victim, whose name is being withheld, had just walked into his apartment that afternoon at the Palm Harbor condominiums, once set to be among Palm Coast’s luxury spots only to be converted, since the housing crash, into low-income housing.
Earlier that day, the victim had received a phone call from the man he was with. The man asked if the pair could hang out. The victim thought it was a strange request. But he went along. As the victim was walking in front of his bed, he was struck on the head with an unknown object, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office report on the case. He fell and lost consciousness.
When the victim woke up–he’s not sure how much time had gone by–there was a large pool of blood on the floor and his face was lacerated. The man who’d attacked him had fled. The victim discovered that his wallet was missing, as were a 90-pill prescription for Hydrocone, the pain reliever, which he’d filled that afternoon.
When a deputy arrived on the scene at 4:30 p.m., he described the victim, who was on his bed, as “covered in blood” around the head, with “a large laceration to the left top side of his head and another laceration to his right ear. There was a large pool of blood on the floor in front of the bed that had partially dried. There were several blood spatter spots on the east wall and door near his head.”
The victim was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler. Detectives said the man knows his assailant only by his first name and does not know where he lives.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 313-4911.