COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Columbia police are desperately seeking clues about a brutal attack last October that left a 73-year-old man in a nursing home.
Investigators said Raymond Patterson was in bed when an intruder kicked in the side door of his Westover Drive home before severely beating him.
Police told News 2 they believe Patterson saw his attacker but was unable to provide a good description because he has dementia.
“So far we are still uncertain as to who went in and assaulted Mr. Patterson and committed the offense that night,” said Sgt. Jeremy Haywood with the Columbia Police Department.
The elderly man suffered facial fractures and has undergone surgery since the beating.
His injuries were also so severe that he was unable to return home and is now being cared for at a nursing home.
“He doesn’t remember the incident at all now,” said Sgt. Haywood. “We believe that he saw his perpetrator. We don’t know whether he knew him or not. Unfortunately, due to his medical condition, he hasn’t really been able to tell us a lot.”
The motive remains unclear. Investigators said the intruder did not take Patterson’s wallet.
Police have no solid leads and are asking for the public’s help. Investigators are also still waiting on DNA lab reports.
“It’s a serious crime, a sad crime with an elderly gentleman being involved. We just don’t want people on the streets offending anybody, much less our elderly,” added Sgt. Haywood.
Anyone with information should call the Columbia Police Department at 931-388-2727.