St. Louis man recovering after unprovoked attack in Tower Grove

9:53 PM, Mar 24, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK)-- A St. Louis man has been hospitalized since he was attacked at Gustine and Arsenal early Wednesday morning.  Pete Kruchowski had been out riding his bicycle Tuesday night.  He was found unconscious near his bicycle in the middle of the street about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

"We don't know much," said Pete's sister, Stephanie, Saturday evening.  "He doesn't remember anything.  We just know that a gentleman found him passed out, on the road.  The doctors said it looks like he was beat up.  They said it looks like he took quite a beating."

Kruchowski sustained skull fractures, broken bones, a punctured lung, and bruises.

"He's looking so much better today," said Stephanie.  "He's eating solid food and his coloration is better."

St. Louis Police said Pete's bicycle was not damaged and there was no sign the incident was vehicle-related.  But because Pete's been in and out of consciousness police have been unable to determine what happened to him.

Stephanie was asked if she believes her brother was the latest victim of the knock-out game.

"I don't think so," she said.  "Because from what I've read they're daytime people.  But who knows, it could have been.  I don't want to say it is, because it's speculation.  Somebody surprised him for sure. "

Whatever happened to Pete, one Tower Grove merchant is trying to portray the knock-out game in a new light.

Mo Costello owns Mokabe's coffee house, at Grand & Arsenal.

"How do we combat this idea that there is some honor in cold-cocking somebody?" said Costello.  "How do we switch that around to show how cowardly it is?  Is it a Facebook thing that we try?  You know?  I'm just trying to brainstorm."

Pete's family has established a link to a Paypal account for help with his medical expenses:



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