SOUTH ST. LOUIS - Police are investigating after a group of teenagers allegedly attacked a 67-year old man in south St. Louis this week.
It happened around 4 p.m. on Wednesday on Taft Avenue. Police say a witness contacted them after seeing three suspects approach the victim as he crossed the street. The teens allegedly spoke to the victim first, then punched him in the face. When police arrived, they found the man suffering from a laceration and swelling to the face.
Family members identified the victim as David Vo, who lives in the neighborhood.
"He normally takes his little exercise walk, his routine stroll every day in the evening," explained Kristina Vo, the victim's daughter-in-law. "And he didn't want any trouble, so he figured if he kept walking that they'll leave him alone."
Family members say Vo immigrated from Vietnam 25 years ago, and is a veteran.
"He left a communist country for freedom and protection and he has to be a victim of this," Kristina said. "We're disappointed and frustrated."
Vo is still recovering from his injuries at an area hospital. His family said he is in stable condition, and even wanted to share a message with the public:
"I hope the U.S. is safe, and every U.S. citizen is protected," he said in his native language, while his younger relatives recorded.
Police say the suspects are a group of teenagers, between 14-18 years of age. The witness told police they ran away, heading east down an alley on Dewey Avenue.
Vo's family said they are grateful that witness called police, and got their loved one the help he needed.