A 74 year-old man will never see again after his eyes were ripped out by an 18 year-old Somalian man in Rochester, Minnesota.
According to police, Mahad Aziz attacked the elderly man inside an apartment and gouged his eyes out with his bare hands. When police responded to the scene, they found the man bleeding on the ground with no eyes, and some of his teeth knocked out.
Police say the victim and Aziz are related, but they did not elaborate on the personal connection. William Barnaba, one of the victim’s neighbors said Aziz is Somalian. “In Somalian country, it’s very rare for the child to attack the parents,” Barnaba said.
“There are a lot of things that we don’t know,” Captain John Sherwin of the Rochester Police department said. “The nature of the victim’s injuries make it difficult to determine exactly what happened in the assault.”
On Monday, Aziz was charged with first-degree assault given that the victim suffered a permanent and disabling injury.
Although police tried to locate the victim’s eyeballs, they were unsuccessful in locating them, and say that the victim will be blind for the rest of his life.
“You lose your eyes … there’s no replacement,” Sherwin said.
Police still have not figured out why Aziz attacked the elderly man. Aziz was arrested and transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, which is why his mug shot has not been released.
He is currently in jail.
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