DETROIT (WJBK) - A heartless thug preys on a double amputee, beating and robbing him on Detroit's east side.
Noel Torres' troubles recently went from bad to worse. Torres, who lost both his legs years ago, was evicted last April because someone took advantage of him and stole all of his money. Torres was evicted and forced to live on the streets.
Then on Dec. 3, Torres was attacked in the parking lot of a 7-11 off Jefferson in Detroit.
"He asked me for money I said I don't have any money believe me," he said.
But his desperate pleas did not make a difference. A man would beat Noel with some sort of metal object and rob him of the little money he had."
"I tried to block it, he hit me," he said. "He hit me all over. A lot of stitches."
Employees in the 7-11 called for help. Torres was rushed to the hospital, his wheelchair damaged beyond repair was left behind along with the few belongings he had.
Torres spent several days in the hospital a group home has temporarily taken him in. The Read All About It Literacy Center in Detroit, which was helping Torres gain independence over the last year, is trying to help.
"We were in the midst of trying to get him a place to stay and that's when this situation happened," said Mrs. Smith, an employee at the literary center.
This was not the way Noel Torres was hoping to celebrate his 60th birthday next week.
The literacy center has created a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses, clothes, and a place to live, new prosthetic legs and even a wheelchair. The one he is using now had to be borrowed from the hospital.
"He needs help no family here at all," Mrs. Smith said. "He gets disability which is not the required amount to get."
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