Thomasville man, 69, says he was attacked, robbed by group of teens

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Thomasville police are hoping someone has information that will help lead to finding out who attacked and robbed a Thomasville man, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries.

The man’s fiancée spoke to FOX8 today about the extent of his injuries and his recovery.

It happened Thursday night on Council Street in Thomasville, just off National Highway. John Richardson was walking home from going to get a drink at the store when he was attacked.

Melody Kimbrell is Richardson’s fiancée. She was sitting at home when a stranger came through the door with bad news.

“She said, 'Your fiancé just got attacked,' and I was like, 'What?' And he came walking in behind her and his whole face was covered in blood and he had blood all over his clothing.” Kimbrell says.

The Thomasville Police Department is investigating the attack. Lt. Brad Saintsing says the victim told them he was attacked by a group of teens, some of whom may have been on bicycles.

Richardson’s injuries sent him to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Kimbrell says she was told that every bone in his face was broken and that he also has a broken back and will be confined to a back brace while it heals.

Kimbrell calls it another senseless crime and she says Richardson would have helped these teens if he could.

“I hope they catch these people because he’s 69 years old, he did not deserve this, he had $4 in his wallet. We’re on a fixed income there was no sense in this," she said.

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