LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Jose Roman showed ABC 27 News on Monday where the blood was left behind on New Birth United Methodist Church in Lebanon.
Police said a 75-year-old man was severely beaten and robbed by three teenagers as he was collecting cans near the church at the intersection of Adams and Jones Streets.
“It gets me worried, really worried,” Roman said. “Because that could happen to me too, or any old man.”
The man, who according to Roman is well-known, was taken to the hospital after the beating.
On Monday investigators were back canvassing the area.
Lebanon City Police Chief Daniel Wright, said the teens in this case are between the ages of 14 and 17-years-old.
“My first reaction was disgust,” Wright told ABC 27 News. “This is one of those cases that you first hear about and you’re upset about.”
Wright said he believes it was a crime of opportunity and doesn’t know what the teenagers were doing out so early in the morning. He said it’s more alarming to hear about their supposed violent actions.
“It’s not common here,” Wright said. “It’s not something that happens often, it happens. Over the years we’ve arrested 14-year-olds for robbery, but it’s not very common.”
Other neighbors said they wish the victim in this case a speedy recovery and added they’re worried for their own safety.
“I worry for my kids safety,” Witdiliian Oritz, told ABC 27 News. “They come out here and they play and you see a lot of young kids riding around. It worries me.”
At last check the victim was still in the hospital.