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North Edmonton senior beaten and robbed in his driveway

The man, 77, was inside his detached garage at 122 Street and 136 Avenue around 12:45 p.m. when a stranger walking in the alley jumped him from behind.

Suspect, 29, arrested trying to use stolen bank card

Senior jumped in his driveway for wallet 11:14

A 77-year-old man attacked on his own driveway is recovering from numerous cuts and two black eyes.

Just after lunch Wednesday, the senior, who does not want to be identified, spotted a suspicious man hanging around his detached garage at 122 Street and 136 Avenue and decided to investigate.

He hit me probably 15 or 20 times- 77-year-old senior

He was then jumped from behind.

"He hit me in the back of the head," he said. "Then we were scrapping on the ground. People keep asking me if I hit him, I don't know.  But I do know he hit me probably 15 or 20 times."

The senior's wife and neighbours came running after they heard his cries for help.

Pedestrians saw the suspect run to the Superstore across the street where he allegedly tried using a stolen bank card before police arrested him.

Detective Eric Wilde calls the incident upsetting.
A senior, who does not want to be identified, came away from the attack with cuts and bruises. (CBC)

"This would appear to be a random incident," he said. "Certainly without provocation from the senior."

"Scum," the senior said in describing his attacker. "People who have no respect for themselves, no respect for other people and they have no respect for other people's belongings or anything else."

He said he refuses to let this assault make him afraid to leave his house and offers this advice.

"Be more careful. Be aware of what's going on around you. And keep an eye open for strangers walking up and down the alley and let the police know that they're there."

 A 29-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences including break and enter, aggravated assault and robbery. He remains in custody.

The senior was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

With files from CBC's Janice Johnston