Hialeah senior beaten with baseball bat during robbery

A 77-year-old man thought he was answering a knock on his door early Thursday morning to help a needy neighbor. Instead, he was pushed back into his studio apartment by a man with a baseball bat.

The robber told the senior to give up his money. After the victim quickly "flipped his pockets inside out" and no money was found, the senior started struggling and was struck "three times in the top right side of his head with the bat," according to the police report.

The senior citizen moved close to his attacker to avoid "major injuries from the impact."

He then cried for help while the robber ripped open drawers searching for cash. The attacker grabbed a wallet from the kitchen containing $14 and a voter's registration card, then peeled out in the victim’s blue 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis with Florida tag number 601 LLB. No "visible injuries" were seen on the victim, who refused medical care.

The attack happened just after midnight in the 600 block of East 46th Street.

“This is a very bizarre case,” said Hialeah police spokesman Carl Zogby. “That an elderly victim, of very modest means, would be targeted inside his efficiency apartment is very strange.

“We are anxious to recover the vehicle to see if it leads us back to the perpetrator; perhaps there is some unknown or undisclosed connection to the victim.”

Police are hoping the car will lead them to the attacker, who is described as a white, Hispanic male, in his 30s, five-foot-seven, 160 pounds, thin build with a groomed beard. He was wearing a plaid shirt at the time of the robbery.

If you have any information, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).